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One of the first questions the recruiter asked was pay expectation

By average220 ·
The position was advertising a full time with a large gap range payrate $hour - $hour. When asked my pay expectations the first 2 minutes talking to the recruiter, me being a recent grad and naive, gave the the lowest number on the range.

I'm approaching the final interview and the company has shown strong interest. Is the number I gave the recruiter set in stone? Can it be bumped up a bit? Or is it too late?

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That will depend

by Tigger_Two In reply to One of the first question ...

On a number of things.

You are a recent grad. Entry level was the lowest number represented. If you are a recent grad, that is about what you can expect.

The company generally is the entity who will make the offer. The recruiter's job was to put you in front of the company. You can counter an offer they make if you want to. There is no such thing as "set in stone" until you sign an offer.

If an offer is made, there is nothing wrong with clarifying when that number is going to be re-visited. That can be done directly with the company or through the recruiter, depending on who discusses the offer with you. The thing to look for is if the offer letter reflects your understanding.

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I agree

by AnsuGisalas In reply to That will depend

It's easy to feel that "D'oh! Should've asked for more!" but that can easily be leading oneself astray. It may very well be a realistic rate (but of course, we don't know that without details), and who knows if the company's interest is in part due to a view that "this one has realistic expectations"... they don't have many ways to choose between candidates. It may also be that they see your choice of the lowest number on the range as an indication that you really want to work for them, another plus.

Don't be hasty, check out the offer, and be clear to yourself about your expectations.

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re: If an offer is made, there is nothing wrong with clarifying when that n

by average220 In reply to That will depend

What do you mean by "If an offer is made, there is nothing wrong with clarifying when that number is going to be re-visited."

By the way I neglected to say that the position was advertised as entry level.

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If the position was advertised as entry-level

by NickNielsen In reply to re: If an offer is made, ...

Then you can probably expect any formal offer to be close to the floor amount they gave in the pay range. They will determine what they will offer based on how well you match their requirements.

Nobody knows exactly how this is done, although <a href=http://www.home.agilent.com/upload/cmc_upload/All/cartoon_gradingb-lg.gif>this method</a>. is the primary suspect.

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Next time

by santeewelding In reply to One of the first question ...

Check in with the hoary legends of TR first, before you embark on life changes. They already have the scars.

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