13 tips: How to negotiate a higher starting salary for a new job during interview

There are two kinds of salary negotiations. One is when you are negotiating a starting salary & perks with a new company at the interview stage. The other is when you are negotiating a salary raise within a company you’ve been with for a while.

Let’s talk about the first kind: negotiating a higher starting salary for a new job.

job negotiation Here’s something no one will tell you: what you can get out of a salary negotiation is very much predetermined by your starting position. It’s not about using clever words (#3), deceipt (#13), or keeping a poker face (#1) (although that helps). But ultimately, it all starts with this:

Tip #1: Beggars can’t be choosers.

Who’s the beggar? Who is more desperate? Who’s got more to lose? Do you need this job more than the company needs to hire you of all applicants?

These factors outline the field where you’ll be tossing the negotiation ball around. And these factors are not set in the interview room; you come with them in the interview room.

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Britney Spears interviews: hosts say “You know you’re lucky, right?”

Britney Spears 2002 interview at the Oprah show
Britney Spears 2002 interview at the Oprah show

I’m a Britney Spears fan ever since high-school and “…Baby One More Time”. After I graduated and became a working girl, I’d often watch her interviews to relax after work.

Britney would talk to Jay Leno or Oprah or some other famous host, and pretty much every interview she’s done – from 1999 to 2013 – would have something of this fashion:

Host: “You’ve achieved quite a lot for someone so young!”

Britney: “Thank you, you’re very kind.”

Host: “People tend to only see the glamorous side of your life – private jets and TV appearances and fancy clothes, – but is that all there is to it?”

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Here’s why freelance didn’t work for me: my struggle to find a job in the recession

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Two months ago, I left my home town and moved to my fiancee’s town. It was March 4th, 2013.

I had a job waiting for me and that made me feel good. At least the job transition was going to be smooth.

But as I shared with you here: Unemployed and depressed? You are not alone , things at my new job were so out of whack that I only stayed for two weeks.

As rewarding it was to march in that office and announce that I quit, soon after that fear started creeping in. I didn’t have another job secured. I could rely only on my savings (and perhaps on unemployment checks), and I had no idea whether I’ll survive until I get a job.

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