Career Center > Resumes & Interviews > Job Offers & Salary Negotiation
Negotiation is a normal—even expected—part of the hiring process. Working to get the best offer possible can have an impact on your career, affecting satisfaction with the current job as well as your future trajectory. As you start to look over your job offer, here are a few actions to think about:
When receiving a job offer, there are several personal and professional factors you should consider in making your decision. Consider:
Do not hesitate to ask the employer for more details about what it is like to work for his or her organization. If you have reservations about an internship or job offer or are actively interviewing with other companies, contact an employer to see if you can be given more time to decide.
Don’t feel obligated to negotiate the compensation package with an employer. It is not necessary if you feel the employer is making you a fair offer based on your skills, experience and market value for the position. Not all entry-level compensation packages are negotiable.
Once you have sorted through your priorities and chosen the offer that best meets your needs, call the employer to accept the position. Request to receive the desired offer in writing. If that is not the company’s normal policy, then follow up with a confirmation email or letter that includes the position, start date, rate of pay and any other terms the employer agreed upon. Keep a copy of the company’s letter, and/or your confirmation letter, for future reference. And, congratulations!
Once you have accepted an offer, do not continue to apply for other jobs or interviews. If an organization finds out that you are pursuing other opportunities after accepting their offer, you can risk your reputation and offer with that organization.
Contact the employer by phone or email to state you are declining the offer. Indicate your appreciation for the offer and the opportunity to interview. Consider following up by sending a rejection letter, thanking those who interviewed you for their time and stating some of the factors that interested you in the organization.