The ‘I Have Another Offer’ Bluff

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There’s one thing you should know about the “I have another offer on the table” bluff: It only works once.

This seems like common sense. Plus, yes, you should try to negotiate salary, etc, and you should be able to request that a prospective employer stop stringing you along and hurry it up, but in this economic climate, it also pays to be cautious.

But if you do want to try this tactic and you have no other offer on the table I don’t know what you’re thinking.

The Search Firm Insider, Bob Corlett, ranted about this last week. He says that two execs tried this bluff, and incredibly, both came back a few months later, still obviously on the job hunt.

Seriously? Corlett got a bit piqued (“If I have to endure it again, I might publish your names”) but we’re just bewildered. Why would you lie and then set yourself up to be caught in your lie?