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How to ask for increased contract deadline?


Hi everyone,

I have received a contract with a three weeks deadline. However, I still have some other interviews to come which I would like to embrace before signing any contract. I just need to postpone the deadline of signing the contract for a couple of days. Any ideas or recommendations how to do that or what I should do?

Thanks in advance!

Francesco replied on 07/15/2017
Ex BCG | MBB Specialist | #1 Expert for meetings done (800+) and recommendation rate (100%)

Hi Olaf,

my recommendation would be to try to speed up the process with the other firms – if you can call them and explain that you have an offer but would be very interested to interview with them as well, they will likely try to accelerate the process. It happened to me after an Oliver Wyman offer with BCG, and manage to complete the whole process in four days instead of the usual 3-4 weeks.

This sometime will also have the additional benefit to decrease the number of interviews you will have to do. Some examples I know first-hand:

  • Once I received my offer from Oliver Wyman, I called the other company I had in pipeline, to mention I had to take a decision soon. I ended completing the process with BCG with 2 interview rounds, instead of the usual 3.
  • One of the people I recently coached went through a first round with a MBB company and passed it. At the end of the interview they asked him if he was interviewing with other MBB and he replied he was indeed in the process with others. When they proposed him the final round day, he tried to put it off in order to have time to interview also with the other MBB. They ended presenting him an offer directly, without even doing the final. Of course, his performance was excellent in the first round, but they would have hardly done so without the candidate making clear he was in high demand.

In case it is not feasible to accelerate the process with the other firms, you have two options:

  1. Ask to the one who presented the offer to wait more – difficult to justify if they gave you 3 weeks
  2. Sign the contract and continue the recruiting process – you have to consider if this works for you from an ethical point of view

Hope this helps,