I recently received a call from the provost of a school where I had interviewed making a verbal offer for a job. This university has the policy that you must meet with the president of the university before you can officially be hired and I had to verbally state that I would like the job before this meeting was set up. I have been told this is just a formality. What I'm not sure about is when I'm going to be expected to do negotiations. Is it reasonable to assume that even if the president has a contract in hand when I meet with him that they will give me time to look it over and make any requests? I've been worried that by verbally accepting the job I have somehow messed up my negotiating power, but I should still be able to negotiate salary and research money even though I said I wanted the job. Am I worrying too much? Also, if you have any general words of advice/wisdom for someone who is nervous about asking for more even when they know this is just part of the process (a problem that many women seem to face) I would appreciate it!
Date: 31 Mar 2013 00:08
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You can walk at any time. You know that and they know that. You can negotiate as much as you want.
As far as feeling nervous, I suggest practicing, as foolish as it may feel. You will be a much better, smoother negotiator if you've had a few dry runs. Also, have reasons for whatever you ask for. Even if they're not excellent reasons, you have to have some kind of reason. Also, when the other person makes the offer, just stay quiet for at least a few beats and let them fill in the silence. Good luck!