Negotiate Salary After the Offer is Made
There is a time and a place to negotiate the salary and during the interview process is not the time.
Wait until they fall in love with you and offer you the job…then you can negotiate.
The only time to discuss salary is in the very front end of the interview process and that is only for you to understand the salary range for the position and determine if its even worth your time & consideration.
One note here: Do not, under any circumstances, tell the hiring company what your making or what you want to make.
Once the hiring company says that they want to make an offer, they will most likely start talking about what the offer will look like to get a temperature check on your reaction. Here is where you start negotiating.
Follow these simple steps:
- Understand what the hiring company values in this role and how you fit into that: In your interviews, listen carefully as to what the hiring company is really looking for, what they really value. Ask plenty of questions during your interview process to be sure you have clarity around this. From here, put together a list of how your unique set of skills and experiences can meet those values.
- Know your value. Do your research. Given your unique set of skills and experience (albeit on the light side), know what you should be getting paid at this job. This is why we built Paysa to be your career advisor to help employees understand their worth based on their skills. With Paysa you can lookup company and job title to get the average comp (base salary, bonus and equity). Look at the competitor companies too. Further, search sites like Quora and Reddit where you’ll find people who have worked at those companies or had similar roles. And, network with peers/colleagues and friends.
- Have an open, balanced discussion about the offer with the hiring manager/recruiter about the offer, about what you research shows your worth, how you will add great value to the team and engage them in helping you get there.
Don’t let the lack of experience hold you back from negotiating.
Good luck and get it done!
Author: Chris Bolte