I currently work at Organization A. It's an OK job, but I'm bored and would like to move on to more challenging work. I applied to Org. B, and interviewed well with them. Org. B is a very large bureaucratic institution with a reputation for taking a long time to fill positions. I've been waiting for some time to hear from them.
In the meantime, I applied to Org C. The process was much quicker, and they extended me an offer. I called the hiring manager at Org B and informed him of the offer, and asked when they would make a decision about the position. He told me that he had send a recommendation for the position to the main office, and was awaiting their approval. He did not say it directly, but he implied that I was the one who he recommended. However, he was careful to hedge, saying that the main office has the ultimate say, and nothing is certain.
As to when a decision would be made, he was not sure, but it's clear that it won't before I need to decide on the offer for Org C.
I would prefer the job at Org B over Org C (and, of course, Org A). Do I:
- Decline the offer at Org C, and hope the Org B offer materializes?
- Accept the offer at Org C, but rescind if the offer from Org B comes through?
- Accept the offer at Org C and commit to it, not matter what Org B does?
- Tell Org C about the situation and ask them for more time (this seems unlikely because I don't know how long I'd need to ask for. It could be a couple weeks)?