I graduated in December, and didn't hear back from any employers until recently. Now all of a sudden it seems I'm getting some interviews and responses back.
I interviewed at company A this week for a 6 month (maybe longer, but 6 month assured) position and today I heard back that they're going to give me an offer. I have phone interviews with companies B, C, and D on friday and monday. B is a 12 month contract, C and D are full-time jobs. All are for companies I would like to work for.
I do not know what to do. I'm worried that companies B, C, and D will take forever to get back to me. If I accept company A I may be passing up on a great long-term opportunity. If I don't accept I may continue on without a job.
Should I mention to the other jobs that I have an offer but I want to have an opportunity to meet with them first? That would be in hopes that they try to move a little faster.
It's a very sensitive subject for your first position. If you do it wrong, you'll come off looking greedy. Bottom line, the candidate that has multiple offers gets a higher first salary. I'd make phone calls to the recruiters are B,C,& D and let them know the score in a tactful way. Postpone your acceptance of the first offer as long as possible. You might even tell them "I have an offer in process with another company. I want to be fair to them and give their offer the courtesy of my review."