So here's the deal, I've already gone through two interviews for A and after passing, they told me to submit all the requirements. I'm basically hired ... verbally. Everything would have been fine if it weren't for the fact that my preferred companies suddenly contacted me a week after I finished submitting my requirements for A. They're superior in a lot of ways from A, but of course, they're just contacting me now and they're only doing initial interviews.
I still want to try my luck with the companies that I really want to work in, but I don't want to let go of company A. I also don't want to make it seem like I'm fishing. I just don't want to have all these options, but at the end of the day, it might appear that I would have none if I don't play my cards right.
What should I do? I do have a reason of not being able to find a decent place yet near company A. (I'm 45 kilometers away but it basically takes me 4 hours because the traffic in my country is horrendous) I also haven't signed any contract. They're just asking me to report on a certain date.
P.S.: I'm actually applying for the government, and all of these companies are government positions (3 contractual[company A] and 1 regular position), and they're all in a rush because it's midyear.