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7 Things You Should Negotiate At A Job Interview Apart From Salary

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Many people go into a job interview scared, beggarly and desperate. It is not a good look on an applicant. You should be confident and know what you are about instead of having the whatever-you-give-me-is-fine attitude. One way of impressing your potential employer is to ask questions about the job and negotiate other conditions apart from salary. It gives the impression that you are assertive and not a pushover. Meanwhile here are some of the things you can negotiate or inquire about besides your salary

 

Flexible Working Hours And Telecommuting Option

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Negotiating for flexible hours could depend on your field and the role you hold as an employee, so before you ask, make sure you understand what is expected from you when starting your job. Are you in a sales role where you’re expected to be in the field during certain hours? Do you work in journalism where you’re expected to stay late to cover breaking news? Those are good examples of positions where you should think twice about asking to change your hours. However if most of your job requires online activity and does not demand that you stay in the office all the time, you could negotiate spending less time in the office and still deliver on your requirements.

Lunch Hour/ Break

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To safeguard your one hour break which is required by law, you should ask about it at a new job. Some companies provide lunch services and so do not allow more than 30 minutes of break, even some companies that do not provide lunch still allocate less that an hour of break. Break time is not only for eating and you should push for an hour tops.

Health Insurance

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Companies are required by law to provide health insurance for employees. The ratio of which percentage comes from the employee’s salary and what percentage the company pays varies. But when negotiating  at new job, you should bring it up.

Job Title

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Oftentimes, instead of Accountant or Administrator, you wish you had a cooler title. It is only an issue of semantics and it hurts no one if your title is changed to Associate Financial Officer (Assuming you are not going to be the chief accountant) or Chief/Associate Administrative Officer (depending on whether or not you are going to be the boss). You should throw in that suggestion at the negotiation table, many a reasonable HR will agree if you are not being unreasonable with your demands.

Annual Leave

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Companies are mandated to make provisions for employees to go on an annual leave with their salary and sometimes extra. Some companies give a vacation option with spending money tailored to your position and salary. It doesn’t hurt to ask whether an annual leave is allowed, how long it lasts and if there are any special packages.

Social Security

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This is definitely something you should not leave a job interview without bringing up. Apart from discussing your salary, you should ask about whether provisions are being made to contribute towards your social security and negotiate exactly how much will be contributed.

Allowances

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At the risk of coming off as cocky, you can negotiate certain allowances depending on the nature of your job. You can mention transportation allowance and technological perks like a laptop or a phone if you need it to fulfill you role. You can also request clothing allowance if your job requires you to represent your company in official capacities.

 

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