I presently work at Bob’s Circus of Terror. The pay is pretty good, but my boss is pure evil and the hours suck. I’ve decided that I’m perfectly content to take a cut in pay - even in this economy - in order to have more job satisfaction and avoid doing anything potentially unethical or even illegal.
I applied to Marv’s Palace of Wonder and Jane’s House of Mediocrity. Either one would pay a satisfactory salary, and the benefits of each are fairly similar. However, the work at Palace of Wonder is far more interesting and has much more room for advancement, whereas House of Mediocrity is a simple front desk job that likely won’t go anywhere. Clearly, I want to work for the Palace of Wonder, though I’d certainly take the House of Mediocrity over what I’ve got now.
I had a great interview at both. PoW told me that I’m on the next step of consideration, with narrower competition. I’m not sure if there will be another interview or not, but they said they hope to make a decision by November 30. On the other hand, HoM wants somebody to start immediately, and they plan to make a decision by the middle of next week.
Nothing has been guaranteed yet, obviously, so I don’t want to burn any bridges in any direction. BUT… suppose that HoM offers me the job right now and I want to wait until Nov. 30 to see what PoW will say?
Is there a polite and professional way to ask them to wait - preferably, a way to ask that would not screw my chances of accepting their offer if it turns out that I don’t get the job at PoW? Could I just simply tell them, “Thanks for the offer, but I will need some time to think about this?”