I was laid off back in September and started to apply for new positions right away. I submitted my resume to every opportunity I seemed qualified for and it took a while to get any bites.
I was in the interview process with one company for about 3 weeks before they offered me the job. They presented the job as primarily remote with occasional in office days, which was good with me since the commute was almost 2 hours from my house. I didn’t think much of an occasional long commute day. However when they presented the job offer, they asked for way more in-office time than previously discussed. It kind of tainted the job offer for me. I spoke with the hiring manager and expressed my concerns and he stated verbally that in the beginning I would need to be in office more and could eventually be more remote, however they were concerned with me managing a team remotely. I expressed that I understood the need for in office time during training and tried to reassure him that I’d be able to manage the staff remotely and I accepted the job.
Part of me was still feeling iffy about the whole situation and continued interviewing with one other company I really meshed with. All of my interviews with this second company went amazing and I really feel like they would be a great culture for me to be apart of. They offered me the job yesterday and only require 1 day a week in office and the commute is shorter. They also offered $10k more in base salary.
I’ve weighed the pros and cons between the two (culture fit, career impact, commute, salary) and I really feel like I will enjoy my time at company 2 better. How would be the best way to rescind my acceptance with the first company?