Top 3 Salary Negotiation Mistakes Made by Job-Seekers
By Randall Hansen / February 24, 2015
Caution: Job-seekers who make these salary negotiation mistakes can appear greedy at best, and lose the original job offer at worst. Do not make these costly negotiation errors!
Top Salary and Job Offer Negotiation Mistakes
- Trying to Change the Entire Offer. Most employers are will to negotiate some aspect of a job offer, but all employers will be offended if you try and negotiate every aspect of the offer. (Generally speaking, if you have done your research on the employer, then the offer should not be that far off from what you expected.) Do not be greedy.
- Attempting to Make Additional Changes to Offer After Successful Negotiation.. A classic mistake of inexperienced job-seekers is too quickly asking for a change in the job offer -- and receiving it -- before realizing that there are other problems with the job offer.
- Focusing Solely on the Salary While Ignoring Other Aspects of Offer. Salary is very important, but it is only one aspect of the compensation package -- and if you have done your research correctly, the salary offer should not be too far off from what you expected -- or asked for.
Finally, remember that at any point in the negotiation, the employer may either withdraw the offer completely or attempt to force you to stick to the original offer. If you decide to negotiate, you must do so with the mindset that you can either walk away from the offer and/or risk losing it entirely.
See also our article, Salary Negotiation Do's and Don'ts for Job-Seekers.