Negotiating should be part of every job application. In this video, learn how to negotiate a good deal and when you should start talking about compensation in the job process.
- Once you've gone through the interview process, if you're chosen for the position, it's time to negotiate your offer. If at any point in time before this someone wants to know what you want to make, tell them, "I'm not ready to negotiate salary, until you're ready to make me an offer." Now if they say that they're ready to make you an offer, simply ask them what the offer is. You're going to need to have some numbers at this point. Number one, you need to know what you're currently worth. Number two, how much the job pays, and what the minimum amount you're willing to take. If their offer comes below that, then you'll need to let them know what your numbers should be. What you're currently worth depends on what you're making now. How much the job pays is sometimes listed in their application. Or you can look on pages like the LinkedIn salary calculator. If their offer is below what you want to make, simply say something like this, "I think I'm worth X amount of money." Now this is a good time to practice your poker face, so say it like you mean it. As part of your reason for additional money, you can go over the differences and benefits between what you currently have, and what they're offering, so you can justify an adjustment. Once you've nailed down the offer, if it feels like a good one, ask for an offer letter. Everything they said should be written down and in paper. You should always ask for at least a couple of days to think the offer through. Don't make a final decision at this point, but say, "Offer looks good, but I need a couple of days to think it over." Listen, if you're really excited, and you know the offer is phenomenal, then feel free to accept it. But it's sometimes better to extract yourself from the excitement, and take the time to go through their numbers carefully. With an offer letter, the tables turn, and you should examine everything you've learned about the company. And ask yourself, is this the best place for me? Now you may be having second thoughts about leaving your current job. You can choose to negotiate with your current company. If so, make an appointment with your manager. They may be willing to give you a counter offer, or, give you a promotion. Staying where you are is fine, and sometimes the best option. If you're working in a great place that cares about you and gives you opportunities for growth, that's sometimes worth as much as monetary compensation. It's okay to turn down the offer if it's not the right one. It's really important that you're willing to walk away. Be polite, but just say something like this, "I'm not sure this is the right offer for me. Thank you for your time, I really hope you can find the right person to fill this position." Sometimes they'll make you their best offer after this. Sometimes they won't be able to. Now making decisions can be tough, but you need to be happy about the decision you're making. If you're not, it's a sign that it isn't the right decision.
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