When To Stop Negotiating A Job Offer
Ask The Headhunter, January 21st, 2019
February 3, 2019,
Volume 250, Issue 5

In the January 22, 2019 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter a reader asks whether negotiating a good job offer would be crazy.

Question

"I'm a Senior Data Scientist and I just got a job offer, but the salary is about $1,000 lower than I expected. It's a management position with less than a dozen staff reporting to me. They also offered a very generous signing bonus of about $50,000.

I think the salary offer is so low because in the interview I was bad at white boarding, and they told me that. But I explained that other skills like machine learning are far more important in this position, and they agreed that's one of my key strengths. Obviously they agreed enough to want to hire me.

I understand they're using the signing bonus to hedge their risk, but I still want to negotiate the salary. What do you think? In this situation, how crazy is this idea? ..."

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