Human Job Search – Counteroffers

“Cory, counteroffers: good or bad?”

We’re guilty of constantly using dating analogies in the job search. The interview is like a first date, the offer is a proposal to define the relationship, and working is a long-term relationship. The counteroffer is that last-ditch attempt to save a failing relationship.

It’s not inherently a bad thing, but anyone faced with a counteroffer should ask themselves two questions: “Why were we breaking up in the first place?” and “Why haven’t we talked about this before?”

We don’t think counteroffers work in the long run, and usually prep job seekers to be prepared to turn them down. But, as always, we’d love to hear your thoughts!


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