HELP!! I have an offer from a firm, and waiting on a second one to come next week. The first one only gave a verbal offer and should send the contract this week. I prefer the 2nd company and don’t know how to stall the first one. What happens if I sign then retract? Any ideas on how to handle this? Thanks

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First of all, the 1st will usually give you some time to get it signed. At least a week usually. They might follow up and ask what the heck a week from sending it if theyre expecting a fast response. So don't worry or spend any mental energy on this, just sit on their email for a bit.

If it turns out the 2nd offer is taking longer than expected and the 1st company is getting pushy, you can just tell them you're waiting on another offer to be able to fully weigh your options and would be able to get back to them with a response (insert time)

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Thanks for the info. That’s what I’m planning to do. Crossing my fingers for the 1st ones not to get too pushy!

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Which firms?

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Nothing to stress over. You haven’t even received written offer yet. I was in this situation few months ago. Just be honest and upfront with them if they do give you a timeline and haven’t heard from second company yet.

Don’t think I need to state obvious of playing them off each other to negotiate best deal possible, even if gut already pushing you one way.

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Yes! Thank you

Congrats on the 1st offer and good luck on the 2nd!

Thank you!

I was in a similar situation. First company gives a deadline. Typically 2 weeks. I Just had a conversation with second company and assured they will be a preferred choice for me (of course if everything works out) and they wrapped up rest of the process within 1 week. I personally also felt good about the fact they did the best they can understanding my situation, which gave reassurance about my preference.

This is very reassuring. I’m in the exact same situation. I’ll just play it like this I think

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