Manners and Offers
The market has come a long way from a year ago. The ratio of
job seekers who are concerned because they are unable to find even one suitable
position to those who have found multiple job openings has definitely shifted
towards the latter.
This improved market has also included drastic improvement
for new graduates which is good news if you are looking for your first job. One
year ago many employers were passing over new grads until they had officially passed
their boards. This year employers and recruiters were happy to start
conversations with students, sometimes even several weeks prior to
But this market shift has also found both seasoned
clinicians and new grads alike encountering a situation in which they never
believed they would ever find themselves - juggling multiple interviews and
You might be saying to yourself, "What does she mean? That's
not a bad problem to have!" And indeed, if you have to have an employment
problem this is certainly the one I recommend. But there are a couple of pitfalls
that job seekers must take caution to avoid when entertaining multiple
employers and multiple offers.
It's easy when faced with surplus of job options to become a
little cavalier and perhaps a little over confident. Just because you have more
than one employer interested in you doesn't mean it's OK for you to forget your
If you have received an offer but you aren't quite ready to
accept it because you still have other interviews scheduled then it's only
polite that you let them know. It is perfectly acceptable to be "seeing" more
than one potential employer.
Be honest about your job search; instead of just sitting on an
offer and doing nothing, you should notify them that you have other interviews
scheduled. Employers are generally good about waiting for a response to their
offer if you give them a concrete time frame in which they can expect an answer.
One week is reasonable, but I wouldn't recommend making them wait any longer
than 2 weeks for an answer.
If you are fortunate enough to get more than one job offer, don't
forget to formally decline the one you decide not to accept. It's very impolite
to leave an offer hanging out there with no response. Employers hate it when
their offer goes unacknowledged!
The human resources/recruiting/hiring manager world is
smaller than you think, and it only takes a minute for you to express your
regrets and thank the employer, but it will go a long way to protect you and your
reputation for the future.