How To Handle A Counter Offer

Handling a counter offer requires careful consideration and communication. Here are some steps we recommend you take when faced with a counter offer.


Thank your current employer for the offer and for the opportunity of them taking the time to do so.

Let your employer know that you appreciate the counter offer and are seriously considering it.


If you’re not ready to respond immediately, politely ask for some time to carefully consider the counter offer. This allows you to evaluate the offer and think about your decision, discussing with others if required.


Review the counter offer. Consider not only the financial aspects but also other factors such as benefits, the reason for looking for another opportunity, work-life balance, career development opportunities, and the overall fit with your career goals.


Reflect on your own priorities and long-term career goals. Assess how well the counter offer matches with your objectives and whether it addresses any concerns you had with the initial offer.

If you have concerns or specific areas you’d like to discuss further, communicate them clearly and professionally. This may include additional benefits, flexible work arrangements or professional development opportunities. If there are aspects of the counter offer that you would like to negotiate, this is the time to do so. Provide clear reasons for your requests and be open to finding a mutually beneficial solution.


Throughout the negotiation process, always be professional. Regardless of your decision, it’s important to leave a positive impression and maintain a good relationship with both your current and potential employers.


Once you’ve considered all factors and negotiated as needed, make your final decision. Inform both the current and prospective employers as promptly as you can.

The decision to accept or decline a counter offer depends on your individual circumstances, career goals and priorities. It needs to be right for you!


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