Ten Things Never To Say While Negotiating A Job Offer

Hyderabad: Sooner or later you will find yourself negotiating a job offer. When you do, here are ten things not to say!

With the jobs market more competitive than ever it can be hard work just to get an interview, so once you’re actually in front of potential employers you don’t want to ruin your prospects with an ill-chosen comment.

If you get to the end of a recruiting pipeline and you get a job offer that is too low for you to accept, don’t get mad. Don’t be miffed or affronted. Mother Nature is tapping you on the shoulder. You missed a step somewhere.

Unless the people you’re dealing with are unethical people who looked you in the eye and said “Yes, for the right person we can pay $80K” and then offered you $60K for the job and told you “Take it or leave it!” you missed a step somewhere.

You have no time for unethical people, so there is no sense in negotiating with a hiring manager who tells you “I know we talked about $80K but I couldn’t get that much budget, so I’m making you this massively-discounted job offer, instead.”

“Employers like people who can talk passionately about their own interests as it helps them to get to know you as a person. But we would always advise against sharing your views on these two topics without knowing if the interviewer shares that point of view.”

He or she should have told you about that earlier, before dragging you through the entire interview process! Walk away from a bad deal like this, because it cannot get better once you take the job.

Most of the time your manager is not trying to jerk you around, but your expectations and his or hers may have gotten confused. You’re going to get your hiring manager (not a recruiter or HR person) on the phone and talk live with them about improving your offer so that you can accept the job.