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Before Accepting a Job Offer, Take Time to Negotiate

Before Accepting a Job Offer, Take Time to Negotiate
From Recruiter - December 15, 2016

We can allagree that the interview process can be stressfuland exhausting. You spend weeks, sometimes months, going through many rounds of interviews, tests, and background checks. If youre concurrently employed, you do all this in secret, slipping out of work and trying not to spill the beans to coworkers and friends. You cannot wait for the process to be over so that you can stop all the sneaking around.

Often, when a job offer comes your way, its delivered by a human resources representative or the hiring manager. They call you on the phone, note a few quick stats like starting salary and vacation days, andask if youll accept and what date you can start.

Your first instinct may beto accept right away. You want to keep the hiring manager happy and ensure your future at the company. You definitely dont want to rock the boat.

However,this approach has its pitfalls. For example, thehiring manager may not end up being your actual manager. This sounds unlikely, but I once had my own hiring manager announce his departure on my second day on the job. If we had not agreed to our terms in writing, theres a chance I might have had to renegotiate with the new manager.

When you receive a job offer, the best approach is to thank the company and express your gratitude and excitement. Then, you should thoughtfully ask if they are able to send you the details of the offer in an email or official letter. Tell the recruiter or other company representativeyou have a personal policy that you must sleep on the decision overnight.

When you receive the offer email, review it closely. Ensure that all the details match up with the ones explained on the phone. If something is left out or different fromyour understanding, ask clarifying questions.



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