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In our newest “how can we help you?” thread, a reader writes:

Let’s say you have an offer on the table.

But you also just had a first round interview for another place.

If you’re waiting to hear back after the first round from the second place, is it appropriate to reach out with this information to see if you can get a response sooner or would just imprudent or unwise?

This is a good question. My sense is that if you’re still in the running for other positions you want, it’s always a good idea to let them know that you have an offer. If the search committee really wants you, this could motivate them to move quickly with you. However, my sense is also that, a lot of times, this just isn’t possible. For example, if (as in the OP’s) case you only just finished a first-round interview, it seems unlikely that the department could move quickly enough before the offer you currently have expires. Most job offers these days have fairly quick deadlines (1 to 2 weeks), and the second department may be required to do fly-outs (with multiple candidates) before they can even extend an offer. But, I think, it’s always worth a try to see what can happen.

Anyway, these are just my thoughts. What are yours? It would be good, obviously, to hear from candidates who have done this, as well as from search committees (to hear what is and what is not possible on their end)!

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