Salary Negotiation Tips

Congratulations! If you have reached the salary negotiation page, chances are you have impressed the hiring manager enough that they are interested in hiring you for the position. All that is left is determining your salary.

But of course, salary negotiation is one of the most stressful parts of the job interview process. You want as much money as possible, but you also don’t want the hiring manager to think you are greedy and take the job away from you.

Strategies to Negotiate a Higher Salary

Different employers pay different values, depending on their revenue, how competitive they are with talent, and how other employees are paid within the organization. Consider the following strategies to help you receive what you deserve from the employer, without offending them in the process:

  • Come Prepared

Research what the position pays in other organizations, especially in your local area. Come up with an average range for the position, and give yourself a genuine estimate of where you fit in that range. This will make sure that you’re asking for a salary that is well within a reasonable amount for that position.

  • Encourage the Hiring Manager to Give a Number First

Do your best to have the hiring manager provide a number first. You can ask them during salary negotiations what range the position offers, or ask them directly to make the first offer so that you can see if it is in line with your expectations. Not all companies will, but those that do will give you a good baseline from which to start.

  • Ask Yourself What You Need to Stay

No matter how desperate you are for a job, you do not want to take a job that you will leave within a year in order to get more money elsewhere. The employer also wants you to stay. That means that it’s a good idea to make sure you’re asking for a number that you can be satisfied with, not only right away, but also as a starting point for years to come.

  • 10% to 15% More is Okay

If the hiring manager does give you a number, and you believe you may be worth more, the general rule is to ask for about 10% to 15% more. You may not get it, but if you ask for no more than 15% more, you are unlikely to upset the interviewer, and you may find yourself with a larger salary.

Salary Negotiation is For Both of You

Every employer wants to save money. But they also want a satisfied employee. That means it is in their best interest to pay you what you are worth as well, so that you don’t leave them for a competitor or another company. As long as you come fully prepared, research the pay for the position, and are fair with your estimates, you should be able to net yourself a more lucrative salary.

How to Dress For Your Job Interview

The first impression you make at a job interview is arguably as important as the job interview itself. Within minutes of meeting you for the first time, hiring managers and staff will have already developed an opinion of you, your personality, your professionalism, and your abilities.

That is why it is important to make sure you are dressing correctly for the job interview. The way you dress plays a key role in the first impression you make with your interviewers, and selecting the right outfit will improve your chances of getting the job.

Note: Take Your Pride Out Of The Equation

There are those that are unwilling to dress up for job interviews because they want the employer to see who they really are. But what you may not realize is that all you’re showing the employer is that you did not think the interview was important. The employer will have plenty of time to get to know you for you. At the job interview, you are expected to impress the employer.

Research the Position First

Times are changing. Some companies have a more relaxed culture, and expect someone to come to the interview in a way that matches that culture. Research the company first to see if there are any notes on interview dress code, or on the environment. You should never dress sloppy, because you are still making a first impression. But in some rare cases, you may find that a full suit may not be ideal for the interview. If you can’t find any information, the safest choice is to dress up.

General Interview Dress Code Tips for men

Your goal is to look professional and confident. For men, that generally means:

  • Black/Gray/Blue Suit Jacket
  • Pants that Match
  • Appropriate Tie
  • Long Sleeve Shirt – Professional Color (Usually White)
  • Clean, Work Appropriate Shoes

If you find that you’re overdressed for the interview, you can take your jacket off and roll up your sleeves, and you’ll be able to maintain a professional look while also looking a tad more “casual.”

General Interview Dress Code Tips for Women

Your goal is also to look professional and confident. You have a few more options available to you, including:

  • Blue/Gray/Black Suit Jacket
  • Matching Blouse
  • Long Skirt (with Pantyhose) or Pants
  • Work Appropriate Shoes

Many experts recommend you wear work-appropriate heels if you’re comfortable in them, because they add inches to your height and provide you with better posture, but flats are still acceptable.

General Interview Dress Code Tips for All Sexes

In addition to the dress code tips above, you should also note the following:

  • Hide Tattoos – Most places are more accepting of tattoos, but you won’t know that right away, so it is best to hide them.
  • Appropriate Hair – As we discussed, your hairstyle may represent you, but right now you’re just trying to make a good first impression and show the company you care about professionalism.
  • Remove Distracting Jewelry – Large necklaces, large earrings and other jewelry can be distracting at the job interview. You want the interviewer focused on you.

There is nothing wrong with having tattoos, or interesting hair, or jewelry, but it is safer to hide it until you have met with the staff and know what they allow and accept.

Professional is Most Important

We live in a more modern world that is accepting of people with all backgrounds. But you don’t know if the interviewer leans a bit more towards the traditional. If they do, they may not appreciate less traditional/conservative dress choices. Unless you know the dress code of the workplace beforehand, it is best to dress up for the interview and make the best first impression you can.