What To Do If You Take A Counteroffer

EP 271 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains what you should do if you accept a counteroffer.

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If you decide it is in your interest to accept the counteroffer and you did accept the offer from the firm or, even if you didn't accept it yet and received the counteroffer decided to stay, the right thing to do is to offer apologies, appreciation to them say something to the effect of, "Thank you so much for all the time you put into interviewing and assessing me, this is a great opportunity. This is not the right time for me to accept it."


You will politely explain. From there, once you're done explaining, say, "Look, I understand you might be quite short. I want to offer you a few recommendations of people who might be able to do this role for you." Then give them referrals of people.

Do this with recruiters. If you're working through recruiter for this job. Don't give the referral directly to the company. Give it to the recruiter. After all, the only reason you got that company is through the recruiter. Let them make a living, right? They lost the fee because you made this decision. Replace the fee for them. Don't give it directly to the employer.

If you had the interview directly with the employer because you post a resume, they contacted you or you apply to an applicant tracking system or through networking, give the referral directly to them.

At the end of the day, I apologize, thank them profusely and offer referrals to fill the job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

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