I'm about to graduate, and received an offer from a company I'm interested in. How long can I wait/drag out the offer in case another better opportunity comes along? - Seedly

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Asked on 22 Nov 2018

I'm about to graduate, and received an offer from a company I'm interested in. How long can I wait/drag out the offer in case another better opportunity comes along?

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Eveline Lau
Eveline Lau
Level 5. Genius
Answered on 25 Nov 2018

Always ask the HR when is the latest you should be responding to the offer. If you’re interested in this company, it is unlikely that you’ll look away from it. And since you’re willing to consider another company’s offer, which is currently still an imaginary, you might not be suitable for this company? Because you’re just looking out for “who can offer me the best”. Even if you pick up this offer now, soon you’ll choose to leave because you’re not thinking of the intangible gains from the company and not even what you can contribute to the company.

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Yong Kah Hwee
Yong Kah Hwee
Level 6. Master
Answered on 23 Nov 2018

It depends on the company. Did they give you a date to reply by? If not, ask for it, explaining your situation.

However, if you're interested in the company, why are you waiting for a better opportunity haha.

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Casey Choo
Casey Choo
Level 3. Wonderkid
Answered on 26 Nov 2018

Ask. Ask. Ask.

Don't be afraid of calling HR to ask when is the latest you should get back to them!

If anything, they will be happy to provide a date so both parties won't be kept waiting unnecessarily.

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Elsa Goh
Elsa Goh
Level 5. Genius
Answered on 25 Nov 2018

No fixed answer. Depends on the company, industry norms and how urgently they need the manpower. You night be able to stretch it a bit longer if u can come up with a viable reason, eg doing community work that requires your commitment for X months. However, if they need u urgently for an upcoming project, u cant drag it that long.

Do consider whether u may want to work for the company in the future even if u receive a better offer, in which case better be careful not to accept and then resign immediately if u get a better offee.

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