New Graduates – How to Negotiate with Confidence? Tips on Negotiation Skills

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New Graduates:  How to Negotiate With Confidence

If you have just graduated with high knowledge and skills but no experience in the corporate environment, you may find yourself struggling with self-confidence when it comes to negotiating job profile and particularly salary. You just need to be prepared for the interview and stay your ground, and negotiations will follow.

Here are some tips on Negotiation Skills to gear you up with great confidence for the job interview ; just know the source of confidence and it would come to you.

 

Research (with internet, seniors or professionals)

Keeping up with things that add to your value starts with knowing them. Study about your skills and knowledge. The more you know your subject matter, the better you are equipped to respond to a problem; you got an edge here in your search for a new job too .  Next is the current job scenario for your profile. Read as much as possible for the kind of job you are looking for, so you if you can ask more than what average people are getting.

You can gain more insights by reading about the people with the same profile as you wish. Their challenges, career growth, salary appraisal, etc are worth knowing because this gives you confidence to talk about the profile in an interview and how ready are you to take the profile head-on.

After the fine work, you should study about the company of your interview and its industry with its unique set of opportunities and challenges, competitors, present (and potential) clients. While doing that, chances are that you also know your interviewer. Know more about him as well f possible, as this would give you a chance to strike a chord by telling him that you have researched about him.

 

Practice (with your friends or professionals you trust)

Having all the above information can work in your favor only when you practice certain things. It invariably starts with putting across your case effectively. By telling about your research and your worth according to the current economy and the industry, you should take the initiative. Followed by taking control of the situation, begin the negotiation process as the company will initiate from the lower range.

Not agreeing to everything that the interviewer tells you will also need practice, but be careful of not closing the doors of negotiations by saying ‘No’. During this process, at all cost avoid devaluing yourself by saying statements like- “My worth is Rs 2.4 LPA but I am ready to start at 2.0 LPA”. And don’t feel sorry for anything just because you are an interviewee. We tend to apologize for pitching higher when it is our first job because we don’t know our own footing with the company.

With these insights, you are not going to flounder in your first job interview!

New Graduates – How to Negotiate with Confidence? Tips on Negotiation Skills and for more tips on How to Find a good job, click here 

Manali Mittal is the content marketing manager at AMCAT, an employability assessment test for college students and graduates. Follow AMCAT on Facebook, Google plus and Twitter for latest job openings and career advice.

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About Manali: Manali Mittal is the content marketing manager at AMCAT, an employability assessment test for college students and graduates. Follow AMCAT on Facebook, Google plus and Twitter for latest job openings and career advice. View author profile.

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