Salary Negotiations: Things Every Recruiter Should Do

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After weeks of processing CVs, screening candidates via phone interviews, and then undergoing a rigorous interviewing process, you’ve found the perfect candidate for the job role you’re recruiting for.
They tick every box, and are a perfect fit for the role: now all that’s left is to negotiate a salary. This is always a tricky stage for recruiters – if your salary negotiations go wrong, you could end up starting all over again.

Here are some key things every recruiter needs to know when it comes to salary negotiations:

  • A job contract should be mutually beneficial to both parties. As a recruiter, you have a budget you need to adhere to – but hear the candidate out when they raise valid concerns and see if you can find a point that satisfies both parties.
  • Try to identify the candidate’s most recent salary and benefits to give you a better understanding of how much more of an increase they will be looking for.
  • Don’t agree to a salary you can’t uphold – enter into the negotiations fully prepared to fulfill whatever you offer.
  • If possible, use conditional increases. A guaranteed increase after a probation period can significantly increase the likelihood of your candidate accepting your offer.


A high-quality candidate will have done their research into the average salary for the role they are applying for, and you should be prepared to be able to justify the salary you are offering for a role. These days, candidates know how to prepare themselves for asking for a raise, and if you are not willing to increase your salary offer then you should at least be able to clearly explain why.
Equally, as a recruiter it’s your responsibility to report back to your client if their current budget is too low to get them the quality of candidate they are looking for. You are responsible for managing expectations on both sides, so being prepared to backup your opinions with numbers and up-to-date market research is essential.


A candidate’s current salary and benefits may be a closely guarded secret of theirs throughout the interview process, but you should make every effort to find out as much information about their current salary to prepare yourself for their expectations.
Most job-seekers will be looking for around a 10% – 20% rise (generally speaking), so having an idea of their current salary will let you know if your budget is suitable.
Additionally, gaining some insight into the candidate’s current wage and expectations will prepare you better for upselling other intangible benefits of your role, from job satisfaction to employee perks.


Opening your salary negotiations too early could turn away strong candidates before you’ve really piqued their interest in the job.
Ideally, the discussion of salary should not even begin until you are ready to make an offer. This benefits both you and the candidate: it allows you to determine if they are the right fit for your role, and also allows you to really highlight the positive, intangible benefits of the job role, from fulfillment and job satisfaction to employee perks…

Source: Blog – Hppy

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