I'd love your advice on something:
I've been looking around for the next step in my career recently. I've talked informally to several organizations and I just received an offer from Organization A, who proactively approached me. It would be a lateral move, but into a functional area that moderately fits what I'm looking to work in.
Here's my dilemma: the co-owners of Organization B have indicated a strong interest, both face-to-face and via email, in exploring the possibility of hiring me. I spent several hours meeting with one of them last week, and have connected by email since then. The opportunity to work with this company is [b]very[/b] attractive to me in terms of culture and my role, but I don't yet have an offer from them. They're not available to meet for lunch until next week.
I hear Mark's voice in my head - "until you've got something, you've got nothing..." but I'm very excited about the chance to work for the second company.
I kept the first organization waiting for a week before meeting with them again today; is it ethical to keep them waiting for another week?
Would it be acceptable to tell the second company (that I would love to work for) that I have this other offer, and that I need to let the first company know this week?
I'd appreciate your advice.