Six Job Interview Tips for Negotiating a Good Salary

Your performance during a job interview is likely to have a significant impact on the salary offer the company you're negotiating with makes. 

The perfect job for you may turn out to be unacceptable if you won't be making as much as you need to. The following are six important tips to keep in mind during your job interview to ensure that you'll be offered the highest salary possible:

Start high

You're probably going to be asked what your salary requirements are when you apply or interview. While you want to stay reasonable, you also want to aim high with the amount of money you request. 

A lot people being interviewed shoot themselves in the foot by providing a desired salary that they later find out is less than the company would have been willing to pay. Companies are not likely to pay you more than you request, so make sure that your request is in line with your goals. 

Have your arguments prepared in advance

For the best chance at success, you need to prepare for many aspects of your interview. You can prepare for salary negotiations by being able to explain why you should be paid what you're requesting. Practice answering questions that are likely to com up after follow you make a salary request.

Be confident

If you want to present a strong argument regarding salary negotiations, then you can't back down easily during your interview. Show confidence and stick to your guns throughout the interview so the interviewer doesn't start to feel like they can walk all over you. 

Know when to say when

It's important to make strong arguments in favor of your requested salary. However, you need to know when to back down. You don't want to completely blow an advantageous and much needed job offer because you were too stubborn about being paid a certain salary.

Do some research

If possible, you should find out how much the predecessor in the position you're applying for was paid. This will give you a good idea of what you can expect to be offered and will also clue you in if the company is trying to low ball you. 

Be aware of how much you'll be bringing in for the company

If you know that you're going to be making a lot of money for the company you are applying to, make sure you have an accurate idea of how much you'll be making. You can mention this figure as a negotiating point. Companies tend to pay the major revenue generators they hire best, so you definitely want to call attention to how much money you'll be bringing in if possible. 

If you're still unsure of how much to ask for in terms of pay, salary consulting may be a great way to get advice that's more specific to your situation.