I work for a small-ish company that to me seemed content with the market niche it covered, and I was unsatisfied with a lack of opportunities to learn new things and what seemed to me management's unresponsiveness to feedback, so I interviewed elsewhere.
I am close to negotiating the details with one possibly new employer (and have yet to hear back from another one) but now it was announced that my current employer has just been taken over by a larger company, whose products complement our products in interesting ways and which might open up interesting new opportunities. Details are still not clear (and range from "old company will stay independent subsidiary of new company" to "here's a few-weeks plan for complete team integration"; old company is in the EU, new one in the US, if that matters).
I am thus torn between a job offer that is interesting but in a quite different market and the yet uncertain option of new challenges in my current job in a market I know and like. How should I best approach this? When I talk about the opportunities of the acquisition with my current/new employer, should I hint that I was half out of the door already? [Edit] In other words, can I tactfully break it to the current employer that I long for a different role in the new company so much I actually made sure have a different offer in hand? [/edit]
When talking with the prospective new employer, should I ask for taking it slowly? (I do not think I can stall for weeks anyway, and bringing up the acquisition might make them assume that my reasons for looking for a new job, which they asked for in the interview, no longer apply.)