Salary Negotiations when there really isn't room for negotiation?
June 13,2021 at 1:33PM UTC
I recently interviewed for a fantastic job in the SF Bay area. About two hours after my 2nd round of interviews, I received a call from the recruiter offering me the fantastic position. He asked me for my salary requirements, but because I was driving in rush hour traffic home and I did not expect to receive an offer and asked for the weekend before providing it. The SF Bay area is crazy expensive and the research I did prior to the interviews was what our family would need to live comfortably there based on my current salary (we live cross country but in a pretty expensive city) but I didn't look at the public information about their leadership's salaries. So here's the issue - my salary requirement is higher than the public salary listed for the person who would be my director. I can't really negotiate lower. I spoke with a close family member who works as a consultant and previously lived/worked for years in the SF Bay area about salary ranges and she confirmed that my request is job and experience appropriate. What do I do? 1) Go ahead and tell the recruiter my number and explain my salary needs 2) Ask for the salary range - knowing it won't meet my requirements and decline the offer 3) Do not share my salary requirements and decline the offer saying that the area is too expensive for family. I don't want to burn any bridges with this company and would truly hope to have opportunities there in the future if the salary was right for me and my family. Would really love your opinions.
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