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What you should NEVER do, when you've reached an understanding with a prospective employer after they've said they're willing to hire you and will make you an offer before the end of the week, is listen to bad advice and send them an e-mail demanding a much higher salary than you had previously indicated you were willing to accept. Because then they'll send you an e-mail back saying thank you for your interest, but we will not be making you that offer after all.

I have just come off the phone with the hiring manager. I have offered an apology, an explanation, and have begged her to reconsider...and fortunately, she has agreed to instruct HR to proceed with the original proposal, so all's not lost...But it's funny, if before I wasn't quite sure I wanted the job, now that I've almost scuppered my chances, I'm absolutely determined to get it.

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cheesygirl
Sep. 25th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
Holy crap! I hope things do go forward as planned. Ack!
gamiila
Sep. 25th, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
I'm getting rather good at this snatching defeat from the jaws of victory-thing, aren't I? Watch this space for further updates.
deborahw37
Sep. 25th, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
Sadly now is not a good time to try and negotiate higher salaries!

I hope they go ahead with the offer and , who knows, this time next year when you've proved your worth to them with a good, solid year of work it may be a good time to talk pay rises.

* fingers crossed*
gamiila
Sep. 25th, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
who knows, this time next year when you've proved your worth to them with a good, solid year of work

Now that sounds like good advice to me!
curiouswombat
Sep. 25th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
Meep!

and fortunately, she has agreed to instruct HR to proceed with the original proposal, so all's not lost... I hope this means that they are definitely offering you the job after all.
gamiila
Sep. 25th, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
Fingers crossed!
enigmaticblues
Sep. 25th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, dear. I'm glad it appears as though you've worked it out, and I hope everything goes smoothly.

I think the salary thing is the trickiest part of the job hunt.
gamiila
Sep. 25th, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, definitely! I can deal with any other part of the interviewing process, but the salary thing eludes me totally.

When I realised what a huge mistake I'd made, I couldn't get on the phone quick enough. I figured I had nothing to lose and everything to gain by apologising for my error, and followed my instincts for a change. Fingers crossed, it will all work out alright.
bogwitch
Sep. 25th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
Oops.
gamiila
Sep. 25th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
Understatement of the year ;-)
jonesiexxx
Sep. 25th, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
1. Whew!

2. Just out of truly morbid curiousity, what did the person giving you the bad advise say that made it sound like a good idea?
gamiila
Sep. 25th, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
Do you know, I can't even remember? Something about making myself look good by opening negotiations? Make myself look like a prize fool, more like...I don't even know why I listened to this berk in the first place.

Anyway, I hope I've done a good job of damage limitation -- I seem to have convinced M. of the earnestness of my desire for this faux pas to be forgotten, now let's see whether HR will reverse their decision.
suze2000
Sep. 26th, 2008 07:36 am (UTC)
D'oh! Hopefully, you can smooth it all over and all will be forgiven. *hug* How stressful that must have been for you!
gamiila
Sep. 26th, 2008 11:53 am (UTC)
Not stressful, no...or only for about a minute, until I grabbed the phone and smooth talked my way in again. We're signing contracts next week.
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