/ Asked by Cooper
I'm about to earn my undergrad degree with honors. Is it rude for me to negotiate a for a higher salary when I'm interviewing? If negotiating a higher salary is acceptable, how should I do it given my limited experience but successful academic record? Thank you.
Answered by Brandy, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, March 3, 2015
When preparing a counter offer, do your research on what that type of salary others in a similar position are making, take into consideration your location, education and level of experience. Keep your expectations within reasonable limits and the company should take it into consideration. Good Luck!!
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at DuPont, on Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Do your best to understand the salaries for someone of your background and experience in the specific job location.  Each of these areas may factor into the final salary range.  Not sure if you are suggesting by your question that your "undergrad degree with honors" would provide support for negotiating a higher salary.  Starting salaries at some companies are dependent upon degree, major, and relevant work experience. Your honors recognition may have been a factor with you being considered for the interview at the start.  

Do your homework and understand realistic salary ranges.  You can compare these ranges to your offer and determine if it makes sense to negotiate.

 
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, March 4, 2015
The piece of advice I have for you is to do your research before negotiating your salary. There are many factors that go into determining the salary for a new employee. I recommend researching similar roles to the one you have received an offer for within the area of the company. The salary for the same position will most likely vary in different parts of the country. You will also need to take into account your education and also years of prior experience. All of these aspects are important when a company makes a decision about the salary they will be offering a candidate. Be sure to understand what a realistic salary will be based on your experience and the location of the position. 
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, March 4, 2015
It never hurts to negotiate your offer but you should also be prepared to be told there is no flexibility. Several Career Services offices have trained students to negotiate so this isn’t an uncommon practice. You will want to do your research in the job market prior to negotiating and understand the average compensation for recent graduates at your level and in your geographic region. Larger cities will pay higher due to the cost of living so it’s not uncommon for the same position in a different city to make less. While a successful academic record is important, employers will mainly be looking for previous, relevant work experience. Be prepared with your reasoning for requesting a higher salary and be able to back it up with solid examples and research. I would recommend letting the recruiter know that you are very interested in the position but based on your research of similar positions, you want to discuss a higher salary.
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, March 13, 2015
It is not rude to attempt to negotiate a higher salary as long as you approach it in a professional manner.  In other words, do not act arrogant or insulted by the salary offer that is extended to you.  Instead, take the approach of being very appreciative of the job offer, but you would like to discuss it with those closest to you.  This will give you a little time to do some reseach as to what someone with your degree and GPA, etc. should be making in the geographic location that you are in.  Keep in mind that a salary offer in the midwest will be significantly different than one in New York, for example. If after your research, you conclude that their salary offer is below market, politely ask them if there is any possibility of negotiation.  Again, the recruiter will not be insulted as long as you ask the question professionally.  Be prepared, however, if they decline to negotiate to make the decision at that time as to whether or not you will accept their offer.  It could be a bigger gamble to decline an offer and wait for another one than to accept a salary that you may feel is too low.
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