Candidates often assume that they should always attempt to negotiate salary but that is often not the case. Here are examples of times you should definitely not attempt to negotiate salary with your new employer.
You’ve Already Said “Yes”
After a long job search and multiple rounds of interviews, the call comes with an offer. It is a great opportunity at a company you admire and respect. In your excitement you immediately say yes. While you are excited you begin to doubt yourself. Should you have asked for me? How high would they have gone? What about all those expenses you weren’t considering? Once you accept the offer presented, it is game over. You forfeited your opportunity to negotiate when you accepted on the spot. Do not damage the relationship by trying to go back to the well after you have already accepted.
Their “Best Offer” is on the Table
The new team really wants you on board and they know your expectations are at the top of their range. Often they will push hard for internal approval first for the highest salary they can get. They truly don’t want to scare you away with a low ball offer. They are trying to offer the very best they can. When they tell you, “we really want you on our team and have put our best offer together,” pay attention. They have done the best they can. There is nothing to be gained by pushing for more. If they are being that direct, they are sending you a clear message. If you want the job, that is what they can pay you. Don’t push harder. It can cause bad feelings. It is still ok to think about it for 24 hours but this is not the time to negotiate.
Research Supports the Offer
Sometimes they really are offering you the appropriate salary, based on industry, experience, geography, etc. Do your research in advance to know what to expect. If you are presented a great offer, say thank you! Resist the urge to negotiate for the sake of negotiating.
While it is important for candidates to be fairly paid, always keep the big picture in mind. Don’t walk away from an awesome career opportunity for the sake of a couple thousand dollars. Know what your floor is in order to live comfortably and find the best fit in role and company. In the long run, you will be more successful in a job you love.