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I’ve been interviewing at two places: an ok place and my dream job. Got a job offer today from the ok place. My dream job says their hiring person is OOO until Monday. How do I stall the other offer?

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I hate to say it, but it also comes down to the level of the position. If it’s a big place with lots of process, people are less likely to try and work around that process for a junior or mid-level position as they would be for a more senior position. That’s been my experience on the hiring side at a large network agency.

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Use the two as leverage against each other. Ask the first place to give you a week to consider the offer (I've done it before)

then tell the dream job that you have another offer, but that you're willing to give them until Monday to get a concrete answer

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sorry, that proved to be less helpful than I thought! I've been able to buy time that way, but I've done it in a subtle and non-demanding way...

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Ask for time to consider the offer. And send a note to the preferred say you’d need an answer by Monday EOD.

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If you stall a company, most will wonder why and if you really want the job. They also assume there's a reason you're stalling. I would say Monday EOD is your only option before they start to lose interest unless you're a CD or higher or swapping from freelance to ft or moving cities.

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take the job offered. defer your consideration for he other job offer only if it becomes a reality.

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