When you get offered a new job, you might need some time to think things over before you say yes or no. Asking for a specific length of time, instead of stalling other ways, can give you the time you need while keeping the employer from losing interest.
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As soon as you get extended a job offer, employers will usually ask that you give them a response as soon as you can. Taking a new job isn't like deciding what to eat for dinner, though, so it's understandable if you need some time. Asking for more time can be a little daunting, so Lynn Taylor, the author of Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant, suggests you keep your request specific. Here's an example:
I greatly appreciate this offer and I'm really excited about working with your company. I wonder if I could have until Wednesday to get back to you on this opportunity.
Showing your excitement and gratitude for the offer will help keep them on the hook, and giving a deadline lets them know that they won't have to wait forever. Keep in mind, however, that if you don't respond by the deadline you asked for, you might risk missing out on the job entirely. So be specific when you ask, but make sure you ask for the time you think you'll need.