You have been with your current employer for many years, but you have decided to take the plunge and look for a new job. After putting your CV online, you get some interviews arranged.
You have had 5 interviews of which 4 were successful. You now have 4 offers on the table and you don’t know which offer to accept. Like a big pile of sweets, they all look good enough to pick but you can only have one. What do you do?
Don't rush into making a decision. Most potential employers acknowledge that moving jobs can be a life-changing decision and will give you time to consider your options. At the end of the day, this is your career and you need time to think things through.
If there is a clear winner, then you know which one to accept. If there isn’t, then the pressure is on. The best thing to do is go through the original reasons why you started looking for a new job in the first place. Were you looking for:
a new challenge; more money; better prospects; a job closer to home; better benefits; company culture; training and development; opportunity to work with the latest technologies; a bigger or smaller team; opportunity to work from home; work/life balance; a new boss; flexible hours; job security; promotional opportunities; and so on.
Can these job offers give you what you are after? Go through each one, by putting them in a list of pro and cons and then mark them out of 10. Speak to your family and friends. Whatever will help you make that decision easier.
Trust your gut: Your gut won't lie to you. If you have an unexplainable positive or negative feeling about one job, don't ignore it. It is easy to rationalize yourself into taking a job that you don't want but are supposed to like. After a few weeks at the new position, you are likely to find out that your original instincts were correct.
When in doubt, get more information: Speak to your recruitment consultant or potential employer if you need some clarification. You need to make sure you have all the facts to help you make that all important decision. These job offers might not tick all the boxes. If one ticks most of them, then there is good chance it's the better option. Nothing is perfect and sometimes change can be a good thing. Changing jobs can be a daunting prospect but it doesn’t need to be. Remember you are the one who is going to be working there and so you need to ensure that it is the right decision for YOU. If all else fails, there is always head or tails! :-)