Have you priced yourself out of the Job Market?

Congratulations! You’ve applied for the job, your CV made an impression on the recruitment team, and they’ve called you for an interview.

Now it’s time for one of the trickiest parts of the recruitment process. Hint, it’s not finding something suitable to wear to the interview.

It’s the negotiation of a suitable remuneration.

There are many things to consider when deciding what you think is appropriate. You want a satisfying salary package which is, after all, most likely why you’re looking for a new job. But, how do you do it without appearing arrogant? How to you ensure that stating a figure won’t price you out of that job?

Landing a decent job with adequate pay can be challenging. This however, does not mean that you should sign on the dotted line with the rate is way too low for what you deserve. You should be flexible when negotiating your remuneration with your recruiter. You should not price yourself too high, but the same time don’t be desperate and sell yourself short.

Here are some things you should take into consideration:

Interview Questions

Wen you go for your interview, the interview will ask you a range of questions. One being, the dreaded salary expectation.

You need to ask yourself: “How do I negotiate my salary without pricing myself out of this role?”

Well, your recruiter will be thinking like a consumer, so the question they will likely be asking themselves is: “Are you worth it?”

If the recruitment team asks you about salary early in the interview, then you can be sure that your price is a big deal to them. The recruiter will not want a staff member whose primary concern is salary. So when the of money comes up, answer tactfully.

You need to think differently to your recruiter. Showcase your skills, so that they feel that if they don’t hire you, they stand to lose a valuable and talented individual. Make them feel that they can’t possibly go on without your skills in their  company!

Company’s Price Range

Many companies now use online recruitment programmes in their recruitment process. On these online recruitment platforms, one question they ask will be salary expectations. They do this because they have a range of salary for whom they intend to recruit, without going above their budget. By using online recruitment software to find out about your salary expectations in advance, they may not bother to call you for an interview if you exceed their budget.

This means, the recruiter will never be in a position of having to potentially offer more money than they expected.

On the bright side, it’s quick and easy to break through this barrier. How? Keep reading!

Have A Salary Range

When you are negotiating a salary with a recruiter, be sure not to give a fixed figure. Instead, ask the recruiter about their pay range for the position. It will be easier for your recruiter or recruiting agency to tell you their salary range, and then you’ll have more of an idea of what to ask for.

In addition to this, if you ask your recruiter for their range, you may be surprised to have them offer you more than you expected. This also makes the recruiter feel like they are in control. Using this method, you’ll most definitely not price yourself out of a job.

Do Not State A Salary You Will Not Be Happy To Accept

When negotiating a salary with a recruitment manager, do not ask for more than you previously stated in a later interview. It will be difficult, almost impossible, for the recruitment team to give you a higher salary than you previously, verbally stated.

It’s always good to allow the recruiter to bring up the issue of money first. Before you commit to a salary agreement, ensure you are absolutely clear about what kind of job you’re going to do.

You cannot avoid answering the recruiter when they ask you about expected salary, and a good recruiter will be able to help you with the salary negotiation. The recruiter or recruiting agency that is handling the interview acts as the middleman, hence, they can negotiate on your behalf without the emotional aspect that money discussion can attract.