7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before a Job Offer Negotiation

This article originally appeared on The Huffington Post on 10/10/16.

As a single woman the best dating advice I ever got was to know my bottom-line and to not compromise on it. For me this means not dating a-holes or guys who don’t do what they say they are going to do. I have a one-strike-you’re-out policy on this bottom line. I simply. Won’t. Cross it.

The same goes for negotiating your salary in a job offer.

What is the least you’re willing to accept for this job? What is your bottom-line?

In order to answer this question, you also have to answer a few more questions:

  1. How much do you want this job? Check in with yourself. Do you absolutely have to have this job no matter what they pay? Or are you flexible?
  2. What is the intangible value you’re getting from this job? If money wasn’t a factor, what are the other reasons you want to take this job? A flexible schedule, great benefits, growth opportunities, and creative potential are just a few things you should consider.
  3. How much do you need this job? Are you strapped financially? Are you in a position where you need this job right now?
  4. Do you have other offers on the table? Just like in dating, other offers give you options if one doesn’t work out. Are there more job offers coming down the pipeline?
  5. How competitive are you in the marketplace? Are you one of a select few who can do your job? How do you compare to peers in your industry?
  6. What are the average salary ranges for this type of job? Research by zipcode on salary.com and glassdoor.com relevant salary ranges.
  7. At what point are you willing to walk away from this job offer? What is your bottom-line?

Preparation is key to a successful negotiation and knowing the answers to these questions can help to prepare you for negotiating your salary at your current employer or for a pending job offer.

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