Have an Offer?
An interview is an opportunity for you and the potential employer to get acquainted, learn about one another and explore the possibility of working together.Below we have laid out some best practices for that process.
- Is this job my first choice? If not, remember you can ask for time to consider the offer. If you are pursing more than one opportunity you can let the other organizations know you have been given an offer.
- If you have more than one offer you can carefully negotiate them against each other, utilizing your network to help you.
- Negotiating is not just about getting a higher offer but making sure nothing is left on the table.
- Make sure that in your field negotiating is okay; in some fields like government there is rarely room for negotiation. This can also be true in companies that hire lots of entry-level positions.
- Before you negotiate, ensure you have done your research and have used your network to make sure that negotiating is appropriate.
Before Negotiating a Job Offer...
When you begin your job search, you should research salary rates. The research can be started online; but, you should utilize your network and informational interviews to gain a broad perspective. Keep in mind cost of living, different industries, and the specific organizations you are applying for. It is not ideal to start the conversation about compensation until you have received an offer. But, if the organization asks prior to giving you an offer, have the interviewer put out a number initially, and then give your numbers based on industry research.