Last winter I received a return offer for a fulltime position at a company I did an internship at. Since the offer was great, I accepted it and signed it. However, due to changes in personal circumstances, I want to look for better opportunities. It is mainly because I would rather work in a different city.
What I am wondering is if I should let the companies I am applying to know about my current offer and the state of it (ie that I accepted it) when recruiters ask. On one hand, it would be useful for negotiations later if I reach that stage, but on the other, it may reflect poorly that I would be going back on my signed offer. If I don't bring it up or bring it up later, it could be seen as dishonest.
Note: this is in NA and for software positions.
( 6 months ago )
You aren't under any obligation to let any company know you have accepted an offer. As you outlined yourself, when to spill the beans can have consequences depending on your timing.
I would offer that you really don't have to tell other prospective employers at all about your existing offer.
There isn't a big advantage to be had, except if you get an offer that you feel you need to negotiate the salary, and in which case you could still just say "Hey, I was thinking more of $XXXX, how does that sound?". If that doesn't work you could say, "I have an offer from another company for $xxxx, can you match it?"
If the new offer is solid and stands on its own however, once again no need to bring up the existing offer.