Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Negotiations

So I'm going to take a job offer, but first I'm trying to negotiate up the vacation time. It feels slightly surreal though since I have no other offers and I'm taking the job no matter what. And it's not like the HR person is giving me anything that belongs to them, they just have a range of what people should get in terms of salary and benefits. So negotiations are really just a game of "Hey, do you feel like giving me stuff?"

"I have three years prior experience and two of that with the software you use, so I'd like a higher starting salary."
"No."
"How about a higher signing bonus?"
"No."
"Can I have an extra vacation day?"
"No, and now if you still want the offer we made to you, you have to perform the With a Little Bit of Luck dance number from My Fair Lady."

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