Advice re: accept or decline offer
Looking for some quick advice / validation of thought regarding my current situation.
I feel like it would be 'wrong' to accept a verbal less-than-exciting offer as a 'safety' when I MAY have something else before the offered start date, but I'm not sure if I'm "old-fashioned" here or what... I know lots of people who would take the safety and then decline or quit before starting if they got a better role offered.
Am I being "too nice", or is it right to decline the 'safety' offer?
I'm out of work (laid off recently due to major restructuring) and interviewing for 2 good, similar, roles at Company A & Company B. My wife doesn't have a paid job (house & kids), so my salary is everything.
Company A won't send me a paper offer until I accept verbally, and the offer is significantly less that what I was previously making.
Company B hasn't sent me anything yet; they have accelerated their interview schedule for me because they knew I had gone through many rounds of interviews with Company A (this was prior to receiving the verbal offer).
If I decline A, I have nothing (potential from B) and will kick myself if B evaporates.
If I accept A, and B sends something before I start at A, I either feel like I burn bridges and look bad at A for reneging, or kick myself at the missed opportunity at B.
I would have declined A's offer on the spot if I was still employed. If B sent me the same offer as A right now, again I'd have NO hesitation to accept B, but would still decline IF I was still employed at my last role.
And I'm not in a spot right now where I NEED to take something, my settlement from previous employer still covers me for a while.