Situation: Unemployed MS Chemist with
strong hands on skills in analytical and
inorganic areas seeks position in industry
Has been in market for six months with several
recent interviews. Was downsized in a move
to reduce costs and potentially outsource
The following is paraphrased from a telephone
PW: Hi Dan. Got some good news to
share and a bit of a problem to ask for your
Dan: Be glad to help, PW.
PW: The interview with W resulted in an offer
this morning for a second shift position in a
chemical manufacturing operation. It is quite
attractive but ….
Dan: What do you like about it?
PW: It starts Monday (It’s Thursday now.)
and they want me to come in tomorrow. It
has a nice salary and benefits package, but
it is temporary leading to a permanent position.
Dan: Is it the only problem that it is a temp
role, or that it is B shift?
PW: No, it is just that I have not gotten a
formal up or down signal from T that I interviewed
in December. That seemed like a unique
opportunity for me to grow into as well.
What should I do? Should I go in tomorrow?
What should I say to the other company?
Other information in the conversation:
- no formal written offer yet from W
- only oral offer, with solid pay and benefits
- B shift offers better commute and being able
to spend time with young family benefits
- challenge of learning new and useful skills with
- a second firm’s interview went well, yet they
are taking longer to make their decision.