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I have a close family member who is at a stalemate in her job search. She recently interviewed with a really great company. Assuming she gets an offer, accepting this position would be absolutely be the right decision. It would be more money, better benefits, and a higher ceiling for future growth.

The background check required due diligence follow-up with her current employer. Once her current manager learned that she was looking elsewhere, she was given a counter-offer to stay. This would be about a 20% pay increase to match the base pay she expects to get at the new company. We all agree that this counter-offer is a nice fallback, but not as good as the opportunity at the new company.

The problem is that this process with the new company is taking a long time. It has been several weeks since she was given the counter-offer to stay, but she hasn't heard from the new company other than to learn that her background check successfully passed.

So my question is: if this anticipated offer doesn't come, what is the best approach to go back and accept the counter-offered raise?

For whatever it's worth, we all agree that it would be bad faith to accept the raise, minimizing her risk, then leave a few weeks after accepting it.

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    "The background check required due diligence follow-up with her current employer." Massive red flag. This should only ever be done in case of an "offer conditional on good reference" and even then candidates who have options should refuse. – Lilienthal Aug 3 '17 at 14:19
  • "what is the best approach to go back and accept the counter-offered raise?" Has the counter offer expired? What deadline was she given on it? Has she rejected it already? – Lilienthal Aug 3 '17 at 14:19
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    A background check for an entry level job? And an entry level job that's hiring people who are currently employed (i.e. no longer entry level)? You'd know this company and their reputation the best but this is setting off all kinds of warning bells for me. – Lilienthal Aug 3 '17 at 17:57
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    I did accept a raise few weeks before I left a previous job. The reason to live was unrelated to the pay but more about the way the company was managed. Maybe she has other reasons to leave after the raise in case she gets the other offer? – Fez Vrasta Aug 3 '17 at 20:37
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Assuming that the new company doesn't offer your relative the job she interviewed for, she could probably pretty safely approach her current manager about the possibility of receiving a hefty raise. The company she's working for has has pretty much admitted that she's worth more to them than they're paying her and it wouldn't, I don't think, be inappropriate to tactfully bring that up.

That being said, since it's already been a few weeks since the counter-offer was made, her current company may assume that she didn't get the new job and might at that point be unwilling to give her the full 20% raise.

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    This second paragraph is important. The old company has been perfectly content paying her less than what they apparently consider her to be worth when she had no other prospects... It's unlikely that she'll receive the raise without the "threat" of walking away. – Kempeth Aug 3 '17 at 15:10
  • @Kempeth True. Although I would hope at this point the old company would be willing to give her some raise, if for no other reason than they otherwise risk incentivizing all of their employees to be looking for new job opportunities all the time. Managements' life would be a lot easier if their pay structure rewarded employees' good work with 10% raises rather than coercing employees' loyalty with 20% raises. – user75007 Aug 3 '17 at 15:19

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