I have been quite fortunate and received multiple offers this year. I have a strong written offer from one school and I am negotiating with two others. In short my question is does one explicitly share a written offer with other programs or is that frowned upon? I want to save everyone time and hassle. If subsequent schools can't match my original startup than I would like to decline as rapidly as possible so everyone can move on.
Date: 14 Feb 2013 12:45
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I went ahead and gave them my competing written offer. Particularly if the offer is strong it can only help your case, and as you said—why beat around the bush? In my case the negotiating school did not match the start-up offer, but blew the other place out of the water with salary… so even if they can't match, at least they can see areas where they might be able to compete (i.e., salary) and give you some serious thinking to do.
I did not see any reason not to share the first offer. The only reason I can think of is if the first offer is really not sufficient for your needs, in which case you really want the second place to give you a lot more, not just top the first offer, if that makes sense.
I agree. At this point, neither your interests nor the interests of the departments involved are well served by playing things close to the vest. Removing the mystery is for the best, for you, for the institutions involved, (and also for the alternative candidates who might be waiting to get THEIR offers from the schools you turn down). Congratulations on those offers!