I am in the process of getting an offer to work with Amazon on their AWS team. I don't have prior experience in cloud but I am recently AWS solution architect certified. I have 4 years experience in network engineering. My question is, how much should I expect to be offered salary wise. They asked me how much I expect to be paid but since I am a noobie at negotiating I said 100k (I live in VA, so that's usually a good number) but after reading how much you guys make I feel like I threw myself under the bus..... what's your take on this
Next time, never give a number, even when they press you. Just say "I don't have a number in mind." "Whatever is competitive." etc. Then they might test you with a number or range. I would still avoid agreeing or confirming a number. "I'm sure you know best." lol "I care most about team fit." "Please get me an official offer and we'll go from there." Once you get the offer: "Please give me time to go over this/discuss with my family/etc. I'll get back to you most likely by tomorrow." Then send email saying the things you want and that it'd make your decision much easier and you'd be willing to sign right away, if they give you these things. Then they'll call you and try to discuss it away, but you have to stick to your guns. Be repetitive, it's fine. Make them feel uncomfortable, rather than the other way around (that applies to the original negotiations talk too). Also, read a book on negotiations.