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How to deal with multiple job offers

Updated: 01 Mar 2014

Hong Kong’s active jobs market has led to an increase in the number of skilled candidates who are receiving multiple job offers, according to recruiting experts Hays. Hays note that while it is every job seeker’s dream to have options, it can present a difficult decision making process.

“Those candidates with skills in demand are receiving multiple job offers,” says Emma Charnock, Regional Director of Hays in Hong Kong and China. “Candidates who find themselves in this position are very fortunate but many don’t know how to best handle the offers without risking damage to their relationship with the organisations whose offers they decide to turn down.

“The number one thing a candidate should avoid doing is to accept an offer then retract it if a better one comes along. Retracting your acceptance will ultimately damage your reputation with the company and everyone involved in the recruitment process. When you accept an offer it sets in motion a chain of events – the other applicants are notified and the job posting is removed. When you retract at this stage you cost the company as they have potentially lost other candidates they were considering to another role.

Weighing it up: Five steps a candidate can take to help them deal with multiple jobs offers:

  • Ask for time to consider your offers. Most employers will allow you time to decide whether the offer is right or not for you.
  • Look at your long term objectives – is this a company you want to be working for in five years time? Does it provide you with opportunities to advance your career, mobility or benefits compared to those another company can offer you? Draw up a list of pros and cons for each organisation.
  • Who pays more? A higher paying salary is always an attractive incentive but it should not be your main motive for choosing one job over the other. The lower paying role could offer greater challenges or career advancement potential.
  • Process of elimination. Is there a job you can easily eliminate that doesn’t meet you career objectives?
  • Communicate your intentions - advise the company that you have chosen that you will be accepting its offer. Let the others know, in a professional manner, that you have chosen to go with another offer but that you were grateful for the opportunity.
  • Hays, the world’s leading recruiting experts in qualified, professional and skilled people.

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For further information please contact Paula Tychsen, Marketing Executive – PR & Communications of Hays, on 02 8226 9739 or

About Hays
Hays is the leading global specialist recruiting group. It is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide. It operates across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments.

As at 30 June 2011, Hays employed 7,620 staff operating from 255 offices in 31 countries across 20 specialisms. For the year ended 30 June 2011, Hays reported net fees of £672 million and operating profit of £114 million and placed around 60,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 190,000 people into temporary assignments. 31% of Group net fees were generated in Asia Pacific.

Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, the United Kingdom and the USA.

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