What's your best tactics for negotiation?

Nvidia ECTT56
May 8 14 Comments

Everyone's got something they use right?

Always press for more comp until near rejection, never reveal current TC until absolutely necessary, always interview for positions higher than your current to keep from getting underleveled, always ask for signing bonus no matter if the recruiter insists it's against policy, LinkedIn the interviewers before going rounds, ensure you have at least 2 offers so they are compete with each other and your current company?

What's worked best for you so far? And what are things you absolutely must do or not do in order to keep the advantage?

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TOP 14 Comments
  • Epsilon ySPg80
    Get a competing offer. Inflate that by 25% and tell the HR that you got a verbal approval from the other company. Make sure you sound confident and the HR is bound to fall for this. Worked for me most of the times!
    May 8 5
    • Nvidia ECTT56
      OP
      Maybe not lie as to not get caught in an awkward situation, but I get the gist
      May 8
    • Epsilon ySPg80
      It may be a lie but at the end it feels good. The HR will low ball you otherwise. That competing offer is the safe pad to fall back to if this one bombs. But if it clicks, you get more than what you cracked. Win win scenario
      May 8
    • Nvidia ECTT56
      OP
      And if HR asks you to send the offer to them?
      May 8
    • Epsilon ySPg80
      Thats why i said, you mention its a verbal offer and they would release the actual offer in writing once you accept. This throws the weight back on the HR and if your interview went well, they will make all efforts to retain you.
      May 8
    • New / Eng going2g
      Can vouch for this tactic. You can say something like "I really prefer to work for your company, but the difference in pay makes the decision difficult. If you were to match the pay, it would make my decision much easier". That way, even if they don't match your inflated number, you're leaving the door open to accept their offer.
      May 8
  • Having another offer has been my best tactic. Works every time
    May 8 0
  • Capital One / Design mclnboston
    How do you guys happen to get competing offers? It’s hard to time
    May 8 2
    • Epsilon ySPg80
      Some times you dont! If you arent desperate to get the job, just make up something. Check the earlier posts!
      May 8
    • Nvidia ECTT56
      OP
      Not to state the obvious, but it helps interview multiple places at the same time
      May 8
  • Snapchat boohpo
    In addition to the answers here on competing offers etc, read this (or better yet the actual book) and try the things mentioned https://github.com/mgp/book-notes/blob/master/never-split-the-difference.markdown
    May 11 0
  • eBay hclD84
    Managing your pipeline helps. Try to align the processes so they all end around the same time. Manage your stakeholders at each place and be open about interviewing at other places.
    May 9 0
  • Zynga / IT Rajarara
    Another offer
    May 8 0
  • New / Mgmt git commit
    You guys are geniuses!
    May 8 0