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University of Washington School of Public Health

Job Negotiation and Evaluating Job Offers

Finally! Your job search has culminated in a job offer! Exciting as this is, you should not accept a job on the spot — you need to approach the negotiation phase of your job search thoughtfully, professionally, and patiently. The following tips will help you evaluate and negotiate a job offer:

Talk in ranges

When asked to state your expected salary before your hiring manager has mentioned any numbers provide a range.

Ask questions

Make sure you get all your questions answered so that you can make an informed decision.

Don’t be afraid to negotiate

Negotiating in a professional manner indicates that you know what you want and can stand up for yourself while still compromising. You can negotiate salary, benefits, vacation time, sick time, relocation costs, tuition reimbursement, professional development, etc.

Get it in writing

When offered a position, get it in writing while you consider your options. If you decide to accept the offer, write an acceptance letter.

Assess the offer

Ask yourself questions:

  • Do you really want this particular job?
  • How does the salary/benefits package compare to other offers you’ve received?
  • How does the salary compare to industry standards? Check with online salary resources for average salaries in your field and geographic region.