I have a complex situation brewing here and I do not know what to do right now. I have an offer letter from a company, that I got extended till the 15th of this month, which was termed as my last extension. Another company, my preferred employer, called me a month back asking about my availability and telling me that they had a position for me. They told me they will get back with an offer by early this month. Its already 14th and unless they offer me something tomorrow, I have a decision to make tomorrow. Rejecting an offer before I get one from another company seems too risky a thing to do. Accepting the offer and later letting it go seems unethical. Can anyone suggest?
Accepting the offer and later letting it go seems unethical. Can anyone suggest?
That depends on your personal ethics.
Accepting an offer from a company who gave you the courtesy of at least one extension, with the intent that you would likely reject it later isn't something I would do. But perhaps you would.
My thinking would be that if I could get one certain offer, and I felt good about my preferred company, I would be confident that I could reasonably soon get a job from someone (either preferred, or the next company). Thus I would thank that the company for their offer, but move on and not look back.
Perhaps your situation, personal ethics, and self-confidence is different.
If you have no desire to work for the first company, do not accept their offer. It's that simple.
Accepting an offer from that first company solely because it was the only offer you received is a poor way to manage your career.
Rejecting an offer before I get one from another company seems too risky a thing to do
Offers from two companies are independent of one another. Don't create a dependency where one doesn't exist. You're allowed to spend a period of time with no open offers in front of you.