Negotiating an Exploding Offer
Trevor, a recent MBA graduate, was able to secure promising interviews with two companies. Following his interview with the first company, Trevor was offered a job. Although the job offer was attractive, it did not include an opportunity for an annual bonus and the company set a deadline prior to Trevor’s interview with the second company. Even after persuading the first company to push its deadline back until after his interview with the second company, he would still not have time to receive a formal offer from the second company before deciding on the first company’s offer. Trevor had to decide how to deal with this “exploding” job offer and the uncertainty of not being able to know what, if any, offer would come from the second company.