Ask Lucy. Making a decision between two offers.


Annie from Ohio writes….

I received two offers just days apart. Both well-known brands, same title, similar responsibilities. One offer came in 10K lower than the other. I am already facing a pay cut regardless of which company I choose due to the cost of living increase. A 10K difference in base salary intensifies the decision. In case you’re wondering about the cost of living issue, all I can say is that’s what happens when you want to leave Ohio. Both companies are eagerly awaiting and I have a difficult decision to make.


If this decision was purely based on money you would have already accepted the offer and wouldn’t be asking this question, right? Let’s look at all the angles.

Dissecting your interviews to date, paying close attention to the onsite, in person interview. Was the process well organized and the company served as a good host i.e. appropriate water and restroom breaks or did you fly from one person to the next? Was there an enthusiasm for your potential employment or did you feel more like a number of applicants?

Did you have a connection with your potential boss, direct reports, cross functional team members? Did you sense any opposition to your role or to you personally?

Were the current employees genuinely content, glad to be there and all had decent tenure? If so, this company’s doing something right. Do they promote from within? Or will you have to leave again in a few years in order to take the next step in your career?

How’s their reputation in the industry? Speak with a handful of trusted colleagues and friends who have worked for this company or knew someone who has. Ask them to confirm the company culture as described to you. Sometimes we need to hear from a variety of sources to validate our decision-making process.

Money’s not everything. When faced with two or more offers, look at the big picture. In each scenario consider what your life will really be like. Will you be working so many hours that the increased base negates itself anyway? Is there a realistic possibility you will be promoted in the future? The interview process is telling of the company’s overall processes. Finally, people work for people. Who did you have the better connection with?

Are you sick of me asking you all these questions? I invite you to consider a 360 view before making a decision based on compensation alone. Choose the best fit. Chances are you know in your gut what the right decision is.



- Lucy