Hiring manager reaching out after turning down a job offer

Lexmark / Design zCvX35
Nov 14, 2017 19 Comments

About 2 months ago I started interviewing with a company for a position that would require a move cross country. I stated early on to the recruiter that I wouldn't be able to move without a relocation package - which he said wouldn't be a problem. We'll, after going through all the interviews I was offered the job. But the offer was about $15K below the average salary for the role in the area and did not include a relocation package.
When I went back to the recruiter to negotiate they countered with a $3K increase in salary and an extra $2K in sign on. Still no relocation package. As a matter of fact, at this point a different recruiter became my point of contact and she said that the company felt the talent pool in the area was big enough that they no longer offer relocation assistance.
Needless to say I turned down the offer.
Fast forward a month and now the hiring manager is reaching out to me to see if I'm still interested. I'm not terribly sure how to proceed at this point.
Any advice? Has anyone been in a similar situation?

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  • Oath mori85
    You called their bluff and now they've come crawling back. Jack up your price and bask in your new found riches.
    Nov 14, 2017 0
  • VMware / Eng
    Technique

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    Do they offer a relocation package now?
    Nov 14, 2017 3
    • Lexmark / Design zCvX35
      OP
      They haven't mentioned any specifics yet - just asked if I could talk. I've scheduled a phone call with them tomorrow - so hopefully I'll know then. I'm just surprised they reached back out after I turned them down.
      Nov 14, 2017
    • Amazon UJVs78
      Ask 25% over your previous offer. Clearly they could not find anyone ti match your profile after a month.
      Nov 14, 2017
    • AppDynamics c!5c0
      Say that you have few other offers on the table with local companies, but you would be persuaded to move if the pay is high enough.
      Nov 14, 2017
  • Western Digital CJhK11
    I've had it happen before, not horribly unusual. Apparently the local pool wasn't as robust as they thought. Just talk to them and see if they are ready to work with you yet.
    Nov 14, 2017 1
  • Lexmark / Design zCvX35
    OP
    An update for those of you curious: I spoke with the hiring manager this morning. She expressed regret that we couldn't reach an agreement on salary and a relocation package. And mentioned that unfortunately she would not be able to provide a relocation package because of company policy. BUT, she wanted to reach out to see if I would be interested in a role that would offer the salary range I am looking for, plus a sign-on bonus that would be substantially more than previously offered.
    They filled the position that I initially interviewed for, but with the new year coming up, they will have the opportunity to add to their headcount again. And they are looking to add a more senior role to the team which would be the role I would be brought on board to fill.
    Nov 15, 2017 2
    • VoyageUp / Ops
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      Are you considering it?
      Nov 15, 2017
    • Lexmark / Design zCvX35
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      I'm going to keep it on the table for now. But I doubt it'll be where I end up. I'm in the process of interviewing with several other companies that I'm much more interested in, so if things go well with them.... but it never hurts to have a backup right?
      Nov 15, 2017
  • Salesforce NOWn21
    If you are not terribly desperate tell them terms have changed you need 15k over previous offer plus a relo package.
    Nov 14, 2017 0
  • New 563485
    I have been in a similar situation, the hiring manager overstated the salary in initial discussions, and looking back now she wasn't buttoned up with HR. After a couple of conversations, all seemed good but HR came to me with a negligible salary increase and the option to manage a smaller team. So, I turned it down and the hiring manager actually got really upset and contacted me a few times to question me turning down the job (this was a top 5 ad agency so pretty unorthodox I'd assume). The point is, if the hiring manager and HR are not on the same page it probably can't be worked out and definitely should raise some red flags about the hiring manager. In your case they may have decided the talent pool isn't great and want to offer more but I'd be incredibly suspicious at this point if I were you.
    Nov 14, 2017 0
  • Cisco / Design ambiguous
    You’re in the driver’s seat and you can set the tone in the conversation. Don’t be arrogant, just be firm with your terms and let them make the first offer.
    Nov 14, 2017 0
  • Oracle l5tfg7
    Yep tell them rules have changed ... that should be a lesson to mf
    Nov 14, 2017 0
  • Amazon Draw
    Never hurts to talk. I’d let the hiring manager know why you turned them down initially and are they ready to be serious.

    Jacking up your price a month later sounds great, except it’s silly unless you have additional value to add or the market for your skills is higher.
    Nov 14, 2017 1
    • GoDaddy Rasen
      Maybe the rsu stock appreciated > 10%
      Nov 14, 2017
  • Amazon
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    If a company is so stingy about a relocation package, then it is not worth working for, you'll not get much increase in the future.
    Nov 15, 2017 0
  • VoyageUp / Ops
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    Waiting to hear what happens tomorrow.
    Nov 15, 2017 0
  • Oracle / Eng Madmaxf
    Talk to them
    Nov 14, 2017 0

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