I have interviewed for 2 jobs. Job A is my top choice, but Job B is acceptable. I have a good offer from Job B, but they understand my situation with Job A. They have agreed to hold their offer for over a week while I wait to hear back from Job A.
Job A is taking their sweet time getting back to me. I told them that I had an offer from another clinic, but my top choice would be Job A. They told me "protect yourself," and advised me to accept the offer from Job B, then back out if I was offered Job A. They said, "that is not a major faux pas."
To me, that is completely unprofessional. It's not right, and it's not a position I want to put Employer B in. I respect the organization, and I don't want to burn bridges.
BUT I realize that I'm new to this, and perhaps I'm being naive. I understand employment is at-will, and having Job A would be a huge benefit to me for years to come, while Employer B would only be inconvenienced for a short time by losing me.
So...what do you guys think? If Job A offers me the position after I've already accepted Job B, do I put myself/my family's needs first and back out of Job B? Or do I honor my word, do the right thing and tell Job A they were too late? Is it really "not a major faux pas" to do something like that?!
Obviously I'm going to put pressure on Job A for an answer before my deadline, and possibly ask Job B for a little more time to try to avoid this situation. But I'm scared that I could end up having to make this decision, and I could really use some advice. Thanks!!