1. Look first at the job; is it a step up from your current position. Will it bring you closer to your long-term goals? Will you be better off in 5 years than if you stay at your current position? If the answer to these is “no,” consider speaking with the company again to see if they can offer you a position that WILL be a better move for you.
  2. Look at the entire package, not just at the starting salary.
  3. Comparing the compensation of your offer to a friend’s can be misleading. “Cost of Living” can be a significant factor in the difference between two offers. Your friend may also be exaggerating.
  4. If you do decide to approach the company about possibly increasing the compensation offer, be realistic. A good recruiter will know the appropriate directions to take in this case.