After being offered the job, you may be delighted, ecstatic.... However, don't rush to accept the offer and don't feel pressurised to accept immediately. Most employers will give you 1-3 weeks to accept. You need time to collect your thoughts and to clarify the details of the offer. Evaluate the offer in terms of your priorities, negotiate if you feel it is not market value, and determine whether the final offer is acceptable.
It's never easy when you come to negotiating a salary with a
future employer. However, in many cases there is room for
negotiation. Before accepting a job offer, think carefully about what you want from the
position in terms of:
- Starting Salary
- Relocation Allowances
- Holiday Entitlement
- Benefits Package - Pension, Bonus, Health, Dental, Share Options.
- Eligibility for Employment - Medical, Exams, References.
Salary negotiation is one of the last steps in the job search process.
It should not be an issue until the employer is ready to make you an offer.
In fact, in most cases, you should never introduce the subject.
A professional recruitment agency should ascertain your salary expectations
in advance and ensure that you are only represented for jobs that are in keeping
with your expectations.
Remember that most companies have a set graduate entry level salary so there may be
little room for negotiation at this stage. Consider these points when evaluating/accepting
a job offer: