Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Spoke to HR

and they want my salary requirements before I go in for the interview--ie, TODAY!

Quick, I need salary negotiation advice!

I've done some research but I'm still not entirely sure how entry-level this position is considered, which makes a difference. I have a number in mind which I absolutely will not go below, and a higher number that I'd be thrilled to get (and of course, an even higher number which I'd LOVE to get, but doesn't seem realistic). My middle number seems realistic for the position and my experience...I think. It's about 16% more than I'm making right now. How do I express this? As a range? Which number goes where?

I also will not move without guaranteed immediate tuition reimbursement of $10,000 over the next two years, or a guaranteed bonus that will net to that amount. Do I negotiate for that now?

Help, please!!


  1. Go for the mid point between your realistic and high number

    Let them negotiate you down to your realistic number, or be surprised when they give you that #. (which means you didn't go high enough and asked too low).

    Or, go for the realistic number and ask for extra perks like days off. And definitely ask for that $10,000 over the next two years guaranteed to be put in that contract.

  2. Since you're pre-interview, I would express it as a range between your mid number and your high number and then add a vague caveat like, "depending on the details of the job requirements and the offer." (Assuming that you don't know all of the details of the job requirements.)Right now, the goal is to make them want to get to know more about you and decide that they really want you instead of whoever else is applying.

    I wouldn't get into the $10,000 tuition reimbursement at this stage in the process-- I would wait until they actually make an offer and then start negotiating for the extras if I felt that I needed to. That way, if they say tuition reimbursement on their own, you don't have to fuss about it. Similarly, if they pay you a particularly high salary, you may feel that the tuition can come out of your own pocket without going through them for it.

    Just my opinion, but it's based on advice I've received in similar situations.

  3. I'm torn between mentioning the tuition reimbursement early on, or not, since it's a big enough number that I wouldn't want to do an "oh yeah, and in addition to the higher salary .... " too late in the talks. Ugh, I hate when they ask for salary requirements.

    Good luck!

  4. I would definitely say a range of numbers. You don't want to get paid too low and you don't want to blow the interview by going too high. I agree with fabulously broke, extra perks go a long way. I would love to have more vacation days, personal days, or sick leave.


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