You got a job offer. Congratulations! Does the job offer fit your needs? To help you decide this, check out this post with tips on how to negotiate job offers.
- First, check online resources or connect with colleagues for information regarding a realistic salary range.
- Next, make an ideal salary range based on your research and relevant experience.
- While employers typically do not discuss salaries during interviews, be prepared.
Get an Offer
- Avoid giving a specific salary number until the company gives you one.
- You don’t want to undersell yourself.
- Only negotiate with companies you genuinely consider accepting. You don’t want to lead a company on.
- Discuss salary only over the phone. Information can be misunderstood via email.
- Prove your worth by highlighting your skills & experiences.
- Be confident, calm and flexible. It is a conversation, not confrontation.
- Leverage any other offers if you have them.
- If you are not completely satisfied with the salary amount, try to negotiate other benefits that interest you. Examples of these are sign on bonus, PTO hours, etc.
- Say things like: “I accomplished ____ using my ___ which benefited our company by ___.”
Juggling Multiple Offers
- Ask for extensions. Do not make the company wait too long. To better evaluate, make Pros and Cons list for each company.
- You should also consider the company’s culture, people and the responsibilities you will directly have.
- Ask yourself “Which projects and positions align more with your future career goals?”
- Once you have chosen a company, make sure to send a courteous declining offer letter to the other employer.
If you have any additional questions or concerns, drop by Viterbi Career Connections during our Drop In hours (Monday – Friday: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm) at Ronald Tutor Hall (RTH) 218.
Published on November 5th, 2019
Last updated on November 5th, 2019