How to get a good offer from a good friend
March 2, 2011 6:05 AM Subscribe
How do I negotiate a job offer from a good friend? Very specific details inside.
posted by p. kitty to Work & Money (8 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
My best friend's husband, who has now become a good friend of mine in his own right, saw an opening at his company that he thought I'd be great for. He put in a good word for me with his boss, who was to be doing the hiring.
Now his boss has left the company and my friend has been promoted to the position that will be doing the hiring. This means that he will also be my direct boss if I'm hired. He's rooting for me to get the job and has done everything that he can to help prepare me for the interview process that will take place this week. I'm incredibly grateful for his help and genuinely excited about the possibility of working with him.
My question deals specifically with negotiating the salary, should I be offered the job. I currently make $30k and I know that the range of the salary for this new position is $50-60k. I would obviously be happy with anything at the bottom of that range, since it would be a dramatic improvement over my current pay, but I would really be satisfied with $55k and above.
My friend will not lowball me, but I'm not sure what reasoning to use to ask for more money if I need to to get above that $55k mark. My friend knows that I don't make very much money currently, so it's not very credible for me to say that my current job offered to double my salary to ask if he can better his offer. I'm also sensitive to the fact that he is newly promoted and can't go around hiring his friends and giving them raises willy-nilly. I'm having trouble coming up with good reasons to ask for more money other than "I want it," though.
Some other details:
- Parts of my current job relate directly to the work I would be doing at the new job, but this is the first time that I would be doing it full-time.
- This is in a field where I don't have experience and I would be working with a team of engineers. I would be the only employee of my kind.
- This is a new position that was just recently created, so there's no precedent for pay.
Thanks for your advice.