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While making your final decision, keep in mind that:
Companies like you to submit early in the negotiation and be done with it, so it's best not to fall in their traps and pressure tactics.
Respectfully moving forward, showing transparency and maturity signals to the company that you are not just playing games, and are moving towards a final decision. Being honest, open and communicative is the key.
Negotiating is all about relationship, with communication being the bedrock.
Simply asking for more may be a put off for recruiters, but providing an unobjectionable and sympathetic reason is a good strategy.
Example: I want to buy my own house within the next year, what can we do to improve the salary?
Asserting Your Value: Assert yourself by being confident, without boasting, or providing some specific metric that may be proven wrong. It helps to anchor the statement earlier and gently repeat it so that it is within the already established negotiation points and not something out of the blue.
A prospective employee can refrain at first and talk about being a good mutual fit and being able to learn, rather than mere figures.
If pushed towards a number, you can quote the average industry salary in your domain, as a starting point. You can also mention your current (or past) salary as an anchor point, starting the negotiation.
Recruiters spend thousands of dollars on the recruiting process, and won't reject your profile or take away anything from you if you negotiate. They have already invested time, cost, and energy that may go in vain if you are not accepting their offer.
Know that it is perfectly fine to negotiate and companies are more than willing to negotiate with you.
Having an alternative, a second job offer with you makes your negotiation game stronger, as the employer knows that you can simply walk away. Having the offer from a prestigious company also strengthens your perceived market value.
Having a BATNA (Best Alternative To a Negotiated Agreement) provides you with confidence, based on how strong the employer perceives it as well as how you perceive it.
A job negotiation is preferable in person or on the phone, as compared to the impersonal and cold feel of the email.
Talking on the phone provides you with an opportunity to build a connection so that the recruiter understands you and your motivations, while you have a better grip on their motivations.
If the job negotiation is on email only, be direct and honest. Email lets you strategize your words carefully.
Negotiating doesn't mean arguing, being stubborn or creating a scene. The best negotiators are empathetic and collaborative, pursuing a mutually fulfilling solution. A good negotiator can bend the rules, question assumptions, looking for creative ways to widen the terrain of negotiation.
A job negotiation has many dimensions like salary, work-life balance, bonuses and many perks that make or break the deal.
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