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Old 10-31-2013, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Funkotron, MA
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I know it depends on a lot of factors - but what do you consider to be a reasonable counter to a job offer?

I'm looking at an offer that's just a few $k below the mid point of the salary range. I'm planning to offer a little above the mid point.

I'll end up asking for about 7-8% more than what they offered. The initial offer is higher than I expected, so I plan to accept no matter what. But I know that this is a good opportunity to ask for slightly more.

What percent have you countered with, and did they meet your request?
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:32 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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I know it depends on a lot of factors...
#1 being who initiated the conversation.

iow... were you recruited or are you following up a cattle call advertisement?
is there ANY reason to believe thy really need/want YOU in preference to the 500 others?

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I'm looking at an offer that's just a few $k below the mid point of the salary range.
I'm planning to offer a little above the mid point.
Why? Why not a few $k above the upper limit?
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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Do some research on Welcome to Salary.com! - Salary.com and find out the market rate for the job. If your research shows that the offer is less than market rate (if you believe the data is good data) and you believe you are fully qualified for the job, ask for market rate by explaining you know you are well qualified and your evaluation of the market rate is what you are asking for.
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Funkotron, MA
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#1 being who initiated the conversation.

iow... were you recruited or are you following up a cattle call advertisement?
is there ANY reason to believe thy really need/want YOU in preference to the 500 others?
I was recruited, I know that I'm the only person they interviewed. They don't NEED to hire me, but had the approvals to and decided to extend an offer.

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Why? Why not a few $k above the upper limit?
My experience puts me at the very minimum of the pay range for this position. And based on my knowledge of the industry and the company I can say with a very good amount of certainty that the upper half of the range is reserved for people with at least 4-6 years more experience than me.

Plus the range is quite wide. I think that it would come across as a bit foolish to ask for that much of an increase over the offer. I guess my preferred approach is to ask for something I think is reasonable (and achievable) and have them agree, rather than offer twice what I want and negotiate down.

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Do some research on Welcome to Salary.com! - Salary.com and find out the market rate for the job. If your research shows that the offer is less than market rate (if you believe the data is good data) and you believe you are fully qualified for the job, ask for market rate by explaining you know you are well qualified and your evaluation of the market rate is what you are asking for.
I have done that and the offer is already a bit higher than market average.

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