If you have two similar opportunities at the same time, how do you select?

Canada
August 18, 2007 9:54am CST
If you have two similar opportunities at the same time, how do you choose? For example, you're offered two job opportunities at the same time, how did you select? Had you ever regretted that you might already select a wrong choice?
3 responses
• United States
18 Aug 07
Think long term. Which job provides the best long term opportunity? Which job has a future?
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• Canada
19 Aug 07
Yes, I agree with you. The best long-term opportunity may encourage employees to do better.
@Aussies2007 (5339)
• Australia
18 Aug 07
If they are really similar... you just toss a coin if you cannot decide. Otherwise... you start looking deeper into it. As one would imagine that you have to go for an interview for those jobs... - Which interviewer was the friendliest... - Did they make you feel welcome... - Did you like their office... - Did you meet some of the other people there... - Who was the most specific about what was expected of you... - Did one expected more than the other... - Is the pay the same... - Are the benefits the same... - Are the working hours the same... - Is one job closer to your home than the other... - Is it easier to get to one of those jobs because the public transport is better on that road... I think you get the picture by now... It is the total of all the little things which add up to the big picture. You make one column for job A and one column for job B. You answer each question and give one point to the best each time. The column with the most points wins. It is that simple.
• Canada
18 Aug 07
Thanks for the response. But I have learned from my experience that I can't determine the factor of friendliness as a good criteria. In my opinion, an interview is like a date. Sometimes, you don't know someone based on the factor of his/her friendliness. You don't know whether or not your girlfriend will be a good fit as your life partner -- just because of friendliness. It can lead to a wrong choice.
• Canada
18 Aug 07
By the way, what time is it in Australia? I guess... it is now still in the early morning.
• Australia
19 Aug 07
There are no similarities between finding a girlfriend and finding a job. If the employer is friendly with you during the interview... there are no reasons why this should change... unless he is not satisfy with your work. Bottom line... the employer needs you as much as you need him. If he is happy with your work... he will be nice to you because he does not want to lose you. Most people treat their job as just a job. You need to take pride in your job in order to succeed.
@byfaithonly (10715)
• United States
19 Aug 07
Wow - this is difficult. I would have to say I had to weigh each case on individual basis - I mean we come across things like this on different levels every day of our lives but there is no way I could say I picked this for this reason or that for that reason.
• Canada
21 Aug 07
Yes, I agree that it is often a difficult decision.