Originally Posted by Augustus Medici
I am jumping the gun a little bit (I still haven't taken the test yet), but I was wondering how people go about negotiating salaries. When I got offered the job, I was offered a quite nice salary that I was perfectly satisfied with and accepted. I had always heard that you're supposed to ask for a higher one, if only out of principle. However, I've never done this for fear of looking like a pompous jackass and subsequently getting denied the job.
So how is it done? Do you seriously go balls-out and flatly demand a higher price? Is there a tactful way to do this?
I think it's situational. The notion taht you should always
ask for more than is offered is about as sensible as saying you should always
wear black shoes at night or that you should always
wait three days after the first date before calling someone.
That said, if you're inclined to ask I don't think you need to be embarrassed about it. The tactful way of going about it, imho, is to be direct (I assume we're talking about a theoretical situation where you have not yet accepted an offer that included a specific compensation figure) and say something like "I think it's an exciting opporunity and I'm very interested, but I was really looking for a salary of $XXXX." Depending on the situation, another approach (if you think there's not likely to be much flexibility on salary per se) is to negotiate a better deal on non-salary items.