In a recent job-hunting experience shared on social media, a candidate showcased strategic negotiation skills that led to a favorable salary outcome for a government position.
The individual, who interviewed for a government job with an urgent need for replacement, sensed positive vibes from the hiring team. During the interview, when asked about salary expectations, the candidate boldly stated a figure of $4.5k, despite being aware that most peers in similar roles accepted offers below $4k for fresh graduates.
The job, which involved shifts, required the candidate to work only 3-4 days per week from 9-5 but remain contactable on other days when at home. The next day after the interview, the HR department contacted the candidate, expressing their interest in hiring. However, the conversation quickly turned to the negotiation of salary.
When questioned about other job offers, the candidate disclosed having an offer of $3.7k. Shortly after, the HR team made an initial offer of $3.8k. Seizing the opportunity, the candidate decided to take a bold stance, reminding the employer of the initially discussed figure of $4.5k. The candidate made it clear that the offered $3.8k was unacceptable, proposing a minimum of $4.3k or parting ways.
Surprisingly, the following day, HR called back to inform the candidate that they were willing to meet the proposed $4.3k. This successful negotiation highlighted the candidate’s understanding that salary negotiations are often influenced by supply and demand dynamics rather than individual worth or job scope.
What the netizen said
I have a job-hunting experience to share: After an interview for a government job that requires replacement ASAP, I sensed they like to employ me so when they ask what salary do I expect, I said 4.5k (which in fact most peers I know is <$4k for fresh grad).
The job has shifts so I only need to work 3-4 days per week, 9-5, but should remain contactable on other days when I at home. Next day HR calls me saying I am hired but they like to discuss on the salary. They asked what other offers I got, I said I have one with 3.7kThen later the day they called me saying they offer me 3.8kAt this point, I took a bet, telling them initially we mentioned 4.5k, now your 3.8k offer I can’t accept it, so my terms is: either you pay me 4.3k minimum or we say goodbye.
Guess what, next day HR called me saying they are willing to pay me 4.3kMy learning point is: HR don’t pay you based on your worth or job scope, its a supply and demand problem. We’re negotiating in business and just want to cut a deal