2 Emails Telling A Potential Employer You Have Another Job Offer

how to tell a potential employer you have another offer

It’s a good and bad situation when you want to tell your potential employer that you have a competing job offer. The first thing that comes to mind is, should you do this? The second thing that comes to mind is, are you risking both of your job opportunities? This can be a stressful time.

We’re going to go through this situation in full and give a full guide on what to do and when to do it, in terms of informing two companies that you have competing job offers.

Let’s get started.

Why Might You Inform The Other Potential Employer You Have Another Offer

The reason why you might like to inform one company that you’ve received another offer is when you’d like them to either give you an increase of salary or find another benefit to provide. That’s the real reason why you’d be doing this. Other guides will tell you this is simply in good taste to inform the other company, but in reality, it’s because you want to benefit from it.

It’s important that as we go through this guide, you recognize that it is best to engage in this when you have an actual employment offer from Company 1 before engaging with Company 2 about the other offer. Be sure that you aren’t eliminating the opportunity of working with a great company in lieu of a slight bump in salary. You’d be surprised how many people end up in a worse environment over $5k/year in salary and end up hating their job, wishing they would have taken the first offer.

Keep that in mind. Weigh your pro’s and con’s of each job, have an employment offer and be sure you are ready to engage in the conversation with both potential employers before proceeding.

Here’s some basic reasons why you might want to inform the potential employer:

How Do You Inform The Potential Employers Of This Situation

In order to inform Company 2 about Company 1’s offer, it should be done by email or by phone. Email is going to be the easiest for you since it will eliminate a lot of the potential for stress. It also provides ample time to think about your communication before you send the email.

Be sure that you are in the employment offer stages before you start to engage in this conversation. If you are just interviewing and the employer asks you, “Are you interviewing with other companies?” be sure that you answer saying that you have options but are very enthusiastic about working with them. During the interview is not the correct time to inform the employer that you have another offer.

When you inform the employer, do it by email and follow these steps:

What You Should Be Sure You Have Before You Send Your Email

Again, it’s very important that you have an employment offer. Because in the instance where this goes south, you can always back up and say that the original employment offer is just fine. You can apologize, say that working with that company is more important than any other ask that you might have and say you’d be willing to sign the original employment offer.

This gives you some steady ground to negotiate. While not having that employment offer puts you in a position to where you might not receive one in the first place.

2 Best Email Examples Telling Your Potential Employer That You Have Another Offer

Here are two emails that you can use as samples or examples for engaging with your potential employer about the competing job offer.

Example one

Hi (Hiring Managers first name) —

I’m very excited about the opportunity to be working with you. There’s a few major pros to signing the employment contract. It’s clear that working with (Company) will advance my career. I do have another offer with (Company 2) and it provides advancement in skill sets that I haven’t used enough.

Is there any way that you could help support the development of those skill sets in this role?

Thank you so much,
(Your name)

Example two

Hi (Hiring Managers first name) —

I’m very eager to be signing the employment offer with (Company). Clearly, there’s a vast amount of benefits that will advance me in my career. I received another offer from (Company 2) and it was unexpected. The salary offered was substantially higher than this offer. And that is making my decision difficult.

Is there any wiggle room in salary?

Thank you so much,
(Your name)

4 Best Email Subject Line Examples Telling Your Potential Employer About Your Other Offer

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author: patrick algrim
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Patrick Algrim is an experienced executive who has spent a number of years in Silicon Valley hiring and coaching some of the world’s most valuable technology teams. Patrick has been a source for Human Resources and career related insights for Forbes, Glassdoor, Entrepreneur, Recruiter.com, SparkHire, and many more.


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