How to Negotiate Job Offer Effectively: BEST Guide for Students

3 years ago



Graduating from university is an important milestone in a student's life. Looking for a job after the graduation is the next important challenge to be faced. Some students get tons of useful job experience while still at university. Others enter the adult life with no job experience at all. So, where do you start? How do you negotiate your employment? The Typical Student team is here to help you with some useful advice.


Believe it or not, a nice-looking CV supplied with an impeccable cover letter might not be enough to get your dream job. Speaking skills are REALLY important to land you a nice position, and here's why. Negotiating the smallest details of your responsibilities, days off, and holidays etc. can be tough for people with little job experience! It goes without saying that salary negotiation is a responsible conversation to have with a future employer. As a student, you might be afraid of negotiating employment conditions. It's also natural you might not be experienced enough and have doubts in your cost as a worker. So, how to negotiate salary on an expert level? First and foremost, avoid these common mistakes:

  • Perfect timing is the key

Time is money, so be punctual and choose the perfect timing for having your job interview. First and foremost, never insist on negotiation early in the morning, before lunch or at the end of the working day. The reason is pretty obvious – your boss or manager is likely to be a bit nervous in the morning after a marvelous journey to work in the traffic jams. He or she will probably be hungry and annoyed before lunch and extremely exhausted and stressed at the end of the working day. That is why try to avoid getting your boss or manager even more nervous during these periods of the day.


One more time-related thing most of the students don’t know is: never start negotiating a salary too early, for example, during the job interview. If the hiring manager told you that the position is yours, you can negotiate the job offer, without going into the smallest details, and accept or decline the offer. Discussing salary or other ins and outs is not necessary during the interview, however, if you know that you will not have a chance to discuss your salary, you can discuss it during the interview.

  • Negotiating or Not Negotiating?

Maybe, you can skip the negotiations part and get straight to the job? Strange as it may seem, some graduates prefer not negotiating at all! Having little desire to get through all the awkward questions about money and all that stuff is natural. However, it is the biggest mistake, since you diminish yourself in the eyes of your employers. It is very likely that you will be paid at least twice less than a person with the same skills and experience who was not afraid to negotiate salary. By negotiation, you will prove yourself as a confident, courageous, and self-aware professional.

  • Is Salary the ONLY Thing to Negotiate?

Without doubt, salary is a big deal! But it's not the only thing to talk about while having the job interview. For instance, make sure to discuss the bonuses, benefits, relocation costs, starting date, your professional growth opportunities. It's worth mentioning other important questions about the job position you are interested in. Feel free to ask as many questions as possible to weigh all the advantages and disadvantages of the position and decide whether this job is for you or not.

  • Manners Maketh Man

Manners maketh man, as a proverb says. Showing good manners is important for successful negotiations. Never negotiate anything online or on the phone, since it is impossible to discuss everything properly and not polite. Arrange a meeting with your boss, manger or HR manager and negotiate in a cozy atmosphere. It is equally important to be calm, gentle and courteous during your negotiations.


Feeling nervous prior to job negotiations is natural. Still, graduates must not feel shy facing their prospective employers. Being nice and polite, paying respect to the person you're having a conversation with, and avoiding the common mistakes made at negotiations will surely help land your dream job!


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