Think of it as high-stakes poker—you’ll need to stack the deck. Here’s how:
- Start by checking a online-sites like PayScale, Salary.com e.t.c to find local compensation rates for people with your level of experience. Nearly half of Nigerian adults don’t know how to find the pay range for their job; as a result, many accept whatever salary they’re offered. Found the average pay? Consider that your minimum.
- Next, estimate your chance of landing the position. If you’re confident you’ll get the job, add 10 percent to your minimum salary. It’s a safe salary bump without asking for too much.
- If they come back with a figure that’s lower than the average, don’t fold; respectfully reiterate your experience and value.
- Do they seem sympathetic but still won’t budge? See whether they’re willing to offer you incentives like extra vacation days, perhaps, or a salary review option. Of course, if you’re a long shot for the job or just need a paycheck, don’t even think about bluffing.