/ Was offered a job last week, now I think I've blown it

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cb_6 - on 13 Mar 2014
Last Friday I was offered a job, but I have to admit the salary was lower than I was expecting. Basically it was the same as my current salary, but this new job is based in central London while my current job is based outside of the city. Generally you'd expect a London based job to pay more due to higher cost of living.

Anyway, I asked for a little more money, and the employer said he'd get back to me this week. Initially I heard nothing from him, but he eventually got back to me this evening saying he couldn't better the original offer. He finished the email with 'I wish you luck in your future endeavours', which implies to me 'you've had your chance mate, see you later'. Maybe I'm just being paranoid because I'm tired...

I'll phone him tomorrow and tell him I'm still interested in the original offer (even at the same salary it would still be better than my current job for a variety of reasons) but was I wrong to negotiate? Is it common for an employer to withdraw a job offer if you've asked for money? Is there any particular tact I should take when I call him? I'm really worried and I'd be gutted not to get this job
Gordon Stainforth - on 13 Mar 2014
In reply to cb_6:

I'm afraid there's no other interpretation than he's no longer offering you the job. It's probable that he's found someone else who's accepted his original terms.
stroppygob - on 13 Mar 2014
In reply to cb_6:

Do you really want to work in Central London? Do you really want to work for what is, effectively, less money?
The New NickB - on 13 Mar 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

> Do you really want to work in Central London? Do you really want to work for what is, effectively, less money?

I wouldn't, but I don't know the OP's circumstances.
SARS on 13 Mar 2014
In reply to cb_6:

I don't think it's wrong at all to negotiate salary after a tentative offer. After all the employer is negotiating in some sense by kicking off with an initial offer.

If he really is that sensitive and withdraws an offer because you asked for a (reasonable?) increase in the original offer then you may want to question whether it's a company you want to work for... I also agree with Stroppy, do you really want to work for effectively less money. You might think it's ok now but come to resent it later.
abseil on 13 Mar 2014
In reply to Gordon Stainforth:
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> I'm afraid there's no other interpretation than he's no longer offering you the job.

I disagree. Keep trying.
sargy - on 13 Mar 2014
In reply to abseil:

I wonder if he's playing hardball....
Dax H - on 13 Mar 2014
In reply to cb_6:

It's quite possible that he took your meaning as you won't take the job unless you get more money.
I would contact him ASAP and hope that they have not offered it to the next person on the list by now.
Ben Sharp - on 13 Mar 2014
In reply to cb_6:

New jobs are like relationships, it's easy to think "oh my god I really need this one" but you might find something better will turn up. Stick to your guns and keep your dignity, if they weren't willing to pay you a decent wage is this really the crowd you want to be in with? Why wont they at least match (in real terms) you current salary? Are they struggling as a business? Are they so short sighted that they'd rather employ someone on the cheap rather than reap the benefits of employing the right person for a bit more? What's the rest of the staff moral going to be like if everyone's thinking they should be paid more?

You did the right thing imo, as long as you were polite then asking for more money and supplying good, well evidenced reasons should make any decent employer more interested, not less.
cb_6 - on 13 Mar 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

> Do you really want to work in Central London? Do you really want to work for what is, effectively, less money?

I already live in London. For various reasons I'd be much better off taking this job, including financially.
BazVee - on 13 Mar 2014
In reply to cb_6:

Sounds like you need to get on the phone to him asap then. Tell him the money wasn't a deal breaker and you wish to accept his kind offer. Fingers crossed it works out for you.
elsewhere on 13 Mar 2014
In reply to BazVee:
> Sounds like you need to get on the phone to him asap then. Tell him the money wasn't a deal breaker and you wish to accept his kind offer. Fingers crossed it works out for you.

No harm in doing this and it might work. Good luck.
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cb_6 - on 13 Mar 2014
In reply to cb_6:

Drama over! I spoke to him and he's still offering me the job.
contrariousjim - on 13 Mar 2014
In reply to cb_6:

Thank goodness. I was feeling for you there!
abseil on 13 Mar 2014
In reply to cb_6:

> Drama over! I spoke to him and he's still offering me the job.

Excellent news, that's really great.
JMGLondon - on 13 Mar 2014
In reply to cb_6:

Nice one. Absolutely no harm in negotiating salary at offer stage.
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Gordon Stainforth - on 13 Mar 2014
In reply to cb_6:

That's really good news. As you have said you will be better off in many ways, without the time and extra expense of a long commute.

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