I received a written job offer yesterday and was given a deadline to reply by today.
The company called me again today to confirm, but I missed their call. The recruiter left a voice message saying to call her back to discuss or talk about extension if I needed it, and also said that they were trying to fill this position quickly. In the afternoon I called back but there was no answer. I tried calling another recruiter from the company but also no response. So I decided to leave a voice message, and send an email with my questions, asked for a bump and an extension of the offer.
Two hours later I still haven't heard from anyone, so I called again. This time I also called the company office but nobody picked up (!). I sent another email to the recruiter, asking for an extension and reiterated that I'm still very excited to join the company.
Here is my question. How do I retract my previous email asking for a bump without looking bad / petty? It seems like nobody will reply me by the deadline so I will either have to take the offer or let it go to the next person.
Extra questions: How do I avoid this kind of situation next time?