Hello everyone. Recently one of my friends got an offer letter from IBM (he's a Comp Sci major). He doesn't really want to work with IBM because the position they are giving him might not be in development but instead testing. This is going to be his first job and he was co-oping with them before hand. Well they gave him the offer letter and he has to respond to it in about 3 weeks if he wants the position or not. At the time of his co-op with IBM he was interviewing with other company's like CISCO. CISCO also is very interested in him but he only went through 1 interview. He still needs another interview and then he maybe offered an offer letter. The manager who interviewed at CISCO responded with, "I haven't interviewed such a qualified candidate for this position in 25 years." So CISCO is very interested in him. The issue is, IBM is really pushing him to say yes or no to them, but he still needs more time to wait to get an offer letter from CISCO. Can he tell IBM to extend their original offer or is that running the risk of them saying, well if your not interested and want to see if cisco wants you , then f you! Or do they realize, this is his first job, why would you just limit yourself to interview with 1 company and accepted it immediately? 3 weeks is a really short time in my opinion to decide or is this common? If he was given an offer letter by both IBM and CISCO could he use that as a way to get more money from the other company or is this bad practice? IBM is offering him 59k starting salary, but he talked to his other friends and cisco offered 65k to 3 of his friends, and 70k to another. The person who got 70k actually refused to be paid 65k, she said she wants at least 70k and they did it! So can you play a game with these offer letters or is it dangerous? For example, if CISCO gives my friend an offer letter and say its only 55k, can he say, well I would like the job but IBM is offering 59k? Or would that be an insult or more of a reason to either match or make a better offer? THanks!