Will negotiating cost you your job offer?

Will negotiating cost you your job offer?

Once you have received a job offer, negotiations are normal and rarely result in a lost offer. If the unthinkable does happen, its usually an issue with the employer, such as a stronger candidate came up. But the way in which someone negotiates could factor in.

Check out some tips below to help you when it comes to negotiating your next job offer, the best way possible…

Read the entire offer: Make sure you read the entire off from start to finish and carefully. Its surprising how many offers may have typos or other errors that could come back to haunt you. Make sure that the offer has all of the promises and expectations that the hiring manager promised you during the interview process. This will help you when it comes to knowing whether or not you need to negotiate and the specifics.

Read the Employment Agreement: Most offers will come with an employment agreement, which is where the dreaded ‘Non-Compete’ and ‘Non-Solicitation’ clauses will be. Ensure you read it fully and if anything doesn’t make sense, ask for it to be explained by the employer, HR  rep, or your recruiter.

Negotiations: When it comes to negotiating, it is much better to get your recruiter to do the talking, if you're using one that is. This is because they will know the right way to negotiate on your behalf to get you the very best offer inline with your expectations and local market compensation levels. If you aren't using a recruiter, then ensure you know exactly which area/s you wish to negotiate, write them down, reach out to the HR rep as soon as possible and schedule a time to discuss your negotiations.

Why you should negotiate before the written offer: Everything is negotiable, and you should aim to do it before you get the written offer. In most cases, the HR rep will verbally communicate an offer to you, and it is a clever signal for you to negotiate or forever hold your peace. You also have more leverage at this stage, so use it. By the time you receive your written offer, most of your negotiating power/leverage is out of the window.

Take some time to think about the verbal offer, refine your list and if you have any questions write them down and schedule a call to go through this list as soon as possible.

So, what sort of things can you negotiate?

  • Salary
  • Bonus/commission
  • PTO
  • Flexible work schedule (incl. remote/hybrid options)
  • Company equipment (phone, laptop etc)
  • Holiday time
  • Role title
  • Parking/travel requirements
  • Expenses allowance

There are many more but writing a list and prioritising what matters to you most is a good start. Some things could be really important to you personally but not to HRs perspective. It's important to note that employers will respect you for negotiating, because at the end of the day the employer has chosen you for what you can offer, so you should also be choosing them on what they can offer.