Job offers: Take the inch or go for a mile?

We’ve all received a job offer at some point in our professional careers. You experience the thrill of achievement, that you were the one they chose to invest in, and the realization that all the issues with your current situation could be alleviated. But, regardless of how average or exceptional an offer might be, that inevitable question lurks: should I ask for more?

Baker Tilly Search & Staffing recruiters pose one question to their candidates in this situation: How do you feel about the offer itself? If you feel the offer was lower than expected, due to current market salary data and research you have performed, then you should request greater compensation. However, if you are happy with the offer, but are fishing for more money, there are some risks involved. Not only could your request insult your prospective employer, but there is the chance that the organization could retract its offer. Asking for more money is technically declining their initial offer and creating a counter offer. There is no obligation for the organization to honor their initial offer to you once you have declined it. Then you’re back to square one.

Do you know the saying, “Give them an inch and they will take a mile”? More often than not, in the case of a formal job offer, take the inch and run!

For more information on this topic, or to learn how Baker Tilly Search & Staffing recruiting specialists can help, contact our team.