Career Report August 2016 – Issue 198

Career Report August 2016  Feature Story


During any interview, common thinking says that all the pressure is on the job candidate since, after all, they are the ones trying to set themselves apart from the crowd and impress the company enough to get hired. But, according to an article published by, it’s just as important for hiring managers to remember that the interview process is a two-way street.

For companies with an important job to fill, extracting the perfect candidate from the legions of uninspiring resumes can indeed be a challenge. Once you have identified the candidate whom you feel is the right person, and they have passed your rigorous qualifications, you want to get them on board as soon as possible. But then there’s the final question: Can you afford them?

Here, according to the article by Jim Hopkinson, author of the book, Salary Tutor: Learn the Salary Negotiation Secrets No One Ever Taught You, are five salary negotiation tips for employers to consider:

  1. Access the best candidates — Empower your employees to spread the word that you are looking for amazing new people to join your team, and reward them for quality referrals. This will help identify good, quality candidates who members of your team are familiar with, hopefully making the salary negotiation process smoother and more productive. Studies have shown that upwards of 80 percent of jobs are found through networking, so if job seekers are out there expanding their network and tapping into friends of friends, why aren’t you?
  1. Don’t scare them off — Some employers try to screen out candidates before they even know their name. If your job description or application has hazard label warning language such as RESUMES THAT ARE SUBMITTED THAT DO NOT CONTAIN A FULL SALARY HISTORY WILL BE IGNORED, what does that say about your company?
  1. Give them the tour — Candidates should defer premature salary talk by eager HR screeners by saying something such as, “I’ve done my homework in terms of salary, but would really like to know more about the company before we talk details.” The key for them is not just saying the words, but believing them.

For example, what if they give a low number early, but upon getting a full description of the job’s responsibilities, they find out there is more travel than anticipated, longer working hours, and shrinking budgets. They realize they’d need a lot more compensation to take the job.

Conversely, if they say a high number up front, then instantly click with their would-be manager, find out there’s a fantastic new project in the pipeline, and realize this is their dream job, they could be screened out for being “too expensive.” So before pressing candidates for a bottom line number, make sure they’ve seen the big picture.

  1. Do your research — Some employers begin salary talks by asking the question: “What are you making at your current job?”  The problem with this question is, unless you plan on doing an extensive background check, you won’t know if the candidate is telling the truth, taking their salary +20%, or picking a number out of hat. Furthermore, if the person is unemployed (zero salary), doing some consulting (where rates vary dramatically), or changing careers, it can be difficult to compare the past with the present.

But most importantly, it doesn’t matter what they are making now. The fact is, you are the one offering the job. The assumption here is that you’re hiring because you feel an additional employee will bring in more revenue to your company, so you should have a number in mind that makes sure that the return on investment is worth it.

It’s up to you to do the research and know the market value of the employee you are looking to hire, factoring in years of experience, geographic location, and demand for the position. Fortunately, a host of online resources make it easy to determine a job’s market value for bank tellers in Boise or software engineers in Silicon Valley.

  1. Respect their research — The way a prospective employee handles salary negotiation should give you a pretty good indication of their character. Are they too timid to ask for what they’re worth? Do they get frustrated or demanding if your initial offer doesn’t align with their thinking?

Or, do they calmly and confidently approach this part of the interview like a business transaction? A candidate who has done extensive research on current market rates, shows you supporting documentation for the rate they are asking and ultimately knows their true worth and stands by it sounds like someone you should want on your team.

In the end, negotiating salary can be stressful for all parties involved. But with the right preparation, the article points out, employers can get their money’s worth when the moment of truth arrives to make a job offer.



As the summer heat wave continues we at Berman Larson Kane continue to witness a continuous increase in client hiring activities.  Disciplines that continue to remain over heated are engineering, scientific, digital marketing and field service.

As we look forward to the cooler fall weather we see no slow down occurring in new hiring activities.  Hope you enjoyed your summer and thanks again for your support we so greatly appreciate it.