I am a new grad who is interviewing for a position I really want in Chicago on Monday. However, I have received a good opportunity in Michigan and need to accept or decline the offer the same day as my interview in Chicago. I am wondering if it is okay to bring it up at the end of my interview by kindly mentioning I have an offer pending. I was thinking I could reiterate the fact that if given the position in Chicago I would take it hands down, but just need to know soon what the possibility of getting it is. For this situation, is there a good way to bring it up or is it better to just avoid mentioning the other offer. I'm hoping to be able to leave the interview with some insight on my prospects at the job so that I can make a decision the same day about my offer I have pending. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Mentioning your pending offer at your Chicago interview will do nothing to move the Chicago process along any faster.
Far better for you to be honest with the first prospective employer. Let them know that you are awaiting the outome of another interview and would like to give both offers full consideration so that you may make the very best choice. Ask them for more time to consider your decision and when they must have your response.
They don't want to begin the hiring process with you only to have you change your mind, and will probably be willing to give you a little more time.
P.S. I'm curious to know how you are certain that the Chicago is "hands down" preferable to the Michigan one, given that you haven't interviewed yet. Please don't jump to conclusions about an institution without investigating thoroughly. We get lots of posts here from disappointed new grads who learned that their dream jobs weren't. Not trying to discourage you, just encourage you to be thorough in your interview of your prospective employers.
Last edit by Jolie on Dec 2, '11