Top 10 ways to Negotiate Salary
1. Do your research
Knowledge is power, so arm yourself with as much information as possible about the company, the position, and the industry. This will help you determine what the going rate is for the position and give you a better idea of what to expect.
2. Be confident
If you don’t believe in your worth, the employer won’t either. Come to the negotiating table with confidence and a clear idea of what you want.
3. Be prepared to compromise
Don’t go in with an all–or–nothing attitude. Be prepared to compromise and be flexible with your expectations.
4. Know your bottom line
Before entering into negotiations, know what your absolute lowest salary offer is that you would be willing to accept. This will help you avoid getting caught up in the negotiation and accepting an offer that is too low.
5. Start high
When starting the negotiation, it is usually best to begin with a higher number than your bottom line. This gives you room to negotiate down to your bottom line, but also shows that you are confident in your worth.
6. Use silence to your advantage
Once you have made your initial offer, be prepared for some silence from the employer. They may be trying to figure out their next move, or waiting for you to make the next one. Use this time to your advantage and remain calm and confident.
7. Be willing to walk away
If the employer isn’t willing to meet your salary expectations, be prepared to walk away from the offer. This shows that you are serious about your bottom line and that you are not desperate for the job.
8. Don’t give in to pressure
The employer may try to pressure you into accepting a lower salary by saying that the position won’t be available for long or that other candidates are being considered. Don’t let these tactics sway you from getting the salary you deserve.
9. Use positive body language
Your body language can say a lot about your confidence level and how serious you are about the negotiation. Maintain eye contact, sit up straight, and avoid crossing your arms, which can make you appear defensive.
10. Be prepared to put it in writing
Once you have reached an agreement on salary, be prepared to put it in writing. This will help avoid any misunderstandings down the road.