Can I Accept Multiple Job Offers? |

Should you accept multiple job offers?


2 months ago|3 min read



Should you accept multiple job offers? What would make you want to accept multiple job offers?

Can I accept multiple job offers? Let me answer that question directly. Yes, and it isn’t the right thing to do. It isn’t the right thing to do because you’re hurting someone who’s at the company, who is going to be expecting you to join on a particular date, join and do a particular job. And they’ve relaxed; they turned people away who might have been as qualified as you. And now you’re going to leave them with nothing.

The first thing you can do is try to delay the acceptance. “I’d like to think about it? Can I get a copy of the offer letter just to confirm terms and circle back to you?”

“Would you accept the offer and then we’ll put the offer letter out to you?” And that, of course, puts you in the position of having to say yes, to get the offer letter. I hate when firms would do that. But it’s a matter of course that they do because they don’t want to do the work to generate the offer letter even though it’s ridiculously easy for them to do. They don’t want to do that until you’ve said yes.

Another thing to consider as well is, it’s a small world. Like I lived in worked in New York for many years, and people ran into one another all the time, told stories to one another, and then run into that person who hurt them, who screwed them, and then be in a situation where they could exact revenge.

Ideally, you want to delay the acceptance to think about it. Maybe do a tour of the company one more time. Talk to a specific person at the firm before saying yes to that offer with an eye toward delaying on the second one. Because usually the second one is the one that you really want, right?

Now, sometimes what you’re doing is shopping, stalling, shopping for that second one to come in, not because you prefer it but because you’re curious, and you don’t want to say yes to something and miss out on something better.

So, sometimes, as I said, you can stall, but you feel pressured into saying yes. “You’ve got to take this offer by today at four o’clock or we’re rescinding it.” And then they get what they deserve. They’re not willing to let you sit. No one’s going to let you sit for weeks on end. I just want to be clear about that part of it because they need to fill that job. They don’t want to lose their second choice, or give up the ghost of continuing to look if you’re not committed.

But the question was, “Can I accept multiple job offers,” and the answer is yes, of course you can but remember, the situations is going to come back and hurt you. And there are other ways that you can deal with waiting for that second offer without saying yes to one firm, yes to a second firm and then deciding.



Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with over 2300 episodes.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter, (he/him/his), has helped companies hire talent and people find work. More than 40 years of recruiting experience assisting individuals to improve their career as an executive recruiter. Now, a career coach, leadership coach, and executive coach. I coach over Zoom. Do you need help becoming the leader you want to be? Do you need help with a career transition or in your role as an executive? Schedule a free discovery call or coaching session at My previous work allowed me to do successfully complete searches in 49 of 50 states plus Canada for positions ranging from C-suite to the staff needed to accomplish objectives, increasing a firm's profitability and market share, working with brand name organizations and startups alike.. HOWEVER, I have transitioned to coaching where I take a holistic approach to career coaching by helping people be more successful changing jobs or careers, hiring more effectively, managing and leading, as well as resolving specific workplace issues. Listen to the #1 podcast for job search, No B.S. Job Search Advice Radio in iTunes, Spotify (video podcast), Google Play and others. has an enormous library of career content. You can also watch me on the Job Search TV app for Fire TV and firestick. On Apple TV, Roku and 90+ platforms, watch me on



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