I was reviewing Podcast 14 - How to Handle Offers. The advice given in this podcast was that if you are interviewing with multiple companies, you *should* mention existing offers. The advice went beyond that to essentially say the applicant should affirmatively call up B to tell that company about an offer from A, and to tell B something along the lines of I am excited about the offer from A but also hope to receive one from B. The advice went even further to say that you should call up B, tell them about the offer from A, and then ALSO mention how much the offer amount was.
Did I understand this point correctly? If so, it seems like bad advice to me....or at least a risky practice. If B brings up the issue at an interview and asks whether I have any other offers, then yes, I can definitely see being forthright. However, I can't imagine affirmatively calling up B to say hey, I got an offer from A. That would seem to have real potential to be misinterpreted and backfire. What would be the perceived upside?