Hi Mark and everyone else. I just recently started listening to the podcasts and I love them. I feel that they will definitely help me in my career. I have a problem and I was hoping to get some feedback:
In my current job search where I am looking to change careers, I have been interviewing at two companies. The one that I really am excited about, which we'll call company A, is a prestigious fortune 500 financial company. So far I like the position, the people, and the career implications. I am returning for my second round of interviews and it looks promising.
In the meantime, Company B, a small boutique financial firm with whom I already completed my 2nd round of interviews, contacted me this morning and offered me a position. It defintiely did not conform to the guidlines you guys set forth in making an offer. The manager is the one that made the offer, except he didnt want to give me specific answers about what the exact offer is, just that they can meet the requested salary that I had stated at the interview (when they asked me and I did not have one of your great responses handy.) I asked about benefits and he gave a vague answer about how they have full medical through Oxford Health and "substantial performance based bonuses," (How vague can you get!) Anyway, he seemed disappointed that I didn't accept on the spot and asked if I have any other offers I am considering. I answered that I am in talks with another company. He said after I talk to them about it we can talk further about the specifics, but was unwilling to work out all the details until I told him that I accept his offer (sight unseen!) He said he was eager to get me hired ASAP and he needed me to make a decision and get back to him with it by this Friday.
On top of already not being as excited about a position with company B, all this has left me much more hesitant about the company. On the other hand, if I say no and company A falls through then I will have given up an opportunity that is still a substantially better situation than my current job. After asking my mentor for advice, she advised me to inform the manager that I had interviewed with at company A to see if we can finalize the interview process more quickly. I informed Company A that I was extended an offer from B but that I am far more excited about a career with A. Thus far that is all that happened, and I await a response from the manager at company A who is traveling in asia on business currentlyand so our correspondence is going to proceed slowly.
Any advice about how to deal with the managers at both companies, and any other feedback about how to proceed is much appreciated. Thanks and sorry for the long post!