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    Should I tell my interviewer that I have another job offer?

    I graduated with my MURP degree last month and was just offered an environmental planning job with a great company (Company A). I'm really excited about the job and benefits, but they offered me a fairly low base salary (based on my salary research for the area). They didn't set a date by which I need to respond to the offer, but I want to be courteous and don't want to leave them hanging too long. I've broached salary negotiation with HR and it seems like they're pretty open to discussing the salary, but everything is in the early stages at this point (I got the offer yesterday). I'm also aware that as a recently graduated planner with less than 2 years experience that I may end up having little to no wiggle room on the salary.

    I've had an interview with another company scheduled for a couple weeks (Company B). That interview is early next week and it's for another environmental planning position. Now my question: should I mention during my interview with Company B that I have an offer from Company A? If I should mention it, how do I phrase it? Of course, I'd like to have two offers to compare, and in an ideal world telling Company B that I already have an offer would speed up their decision process. However, I don't know the proper etiquette for dealing with this situation since I'm new to the planning field.

    Any help would be appreciated and sorry if a similar topic has been posted elsewhere.

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    Wait until you have both companies offering you a job, if you can wait that long. Then during the salary negotiation mention that company B is offering a little more. I wouldn't mention it during the interview. It's not relevant to them or your experience.
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    This guy...hogging all the environmental planner job offers. "Look at me, too many jobs to choose from, boohoo"

    Take the guaranteed job.
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    I have been in that situation a couple times. I see no problem with telling them. When I did, I mentiioned that I had another offer and that salary was not the only consideration. You can negotiate for many more things, like vacation, and should compare benefits.
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    Quote Originally posted by unpocorizado01 View post
    Of course, I'd like to have two offers to compare, and in an ideal world telling Company B that I already have an offer would speed up their decision process...
    As the env planning manager that would be interviewing you at Company B, you did just speed up my decision process - I would invite you to escort yourself out. I don't need you specifically. It is a buyers' market.
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    Quote Originally posted by Bubba View post
    As the env planning manager that would be interviewing you at Company B, you did just speed up my decision process - I would invite you to escort yourself out. I don't need you specifically. It is a buyers' market.
    My thoughts exactly, especially if I specialize in Oil & Gas.
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    It agree with Cardinal, there may be many fish in the sea but if I like this fish I would want to know that it had other options so I can adapt my timeframe, etc., accordingly.

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