Post # 1
i’m looking for a bit of advice…
i was made redundant on 31st December just gone and took some time looking for a new role… In feb I was offered a position as a supervisor and I accepted this, after 4 months of absolutely hating the job I decided to hand my notice in to be able to look for the perfect job back in training.
6 weeks ago I interviewed for a trainer role and 2 weeks ago I was turned down for it. I got a call today to ask if I was available and if I would be interested in the job and that they need to do a few checks but they are looking to make an offer and that the other person they offered to didn’t work out… This is good news and a massive relief financially as I’ve not been working for a month now… The manager has asked to meet me in Starbucks tomorrow for an informal conversations about expectations and where they stand….
So questions are…
Informal conversation Starbucks… What do I wear?
Do I accept first offer on salary? (There may be other things on the horizon but means relocation too)
what would be the best questions to ask int his situation? It’s not an interview I’ve alread. Proven myself…. So I suppose I’m a bit out of my comfort zone….
Any advice apreciated 🙂
Post # 2
Meky: I’ve never had anything like this before but I’d say either wear what you would wear to the job, or if the job is pretty informal then dress one step above that.
They probably want to talk logistics and feel out your personality. You can ask whether they offer any relocation compensation and about benefits. Anything you feel wasn’t covered in the interview.
I’d treat it like a second interview honestly. Go prepared. You don’t have to accept any offers or make any counter offers right away.
Post # 3
Thanks, I’ve never come across this before either and didn’t really know what to do or expect… I’m baffled that they’ve contacted me and that after being turned down I may be offered a job tomorrow… I don’t want to talk to friends and family as I don’t want people to get their hopes up….
Post # 4
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Meky: As far as salary goes, I would have a range in your mind of what you feel is acceptable given your experience, etc, and then see what they offer. If they offer below your range, try to get them to bump it up by reiterating your experience, if they offer in your range, take it, and if the offer above, thank your lucky stars! 😀
Post # 5
Meky: Given that it’s a work day, I would assume that he will be dressed in work appropriate attire, so I would take my cue from that and dress acordingly.
Don’t be baffled. Just because you weren’t their first choice doesn’t mean they didn’t really want you as an employee. In the past I have hired people who didn’t work out and then moved on to my second choice. It was my mistake in judgement, no reflection on the ability of the second place candidate.
Wait and see what he has to say. If you are not absolutely certain on your answer to any particular offer or issue, tell him you need to get back to him on that. Tell him you are very interested in the position and want to work together with him to iron out the details.
Post # 6
Thanks ladies this is really helping… Interviews I can cope with as I know what to expect… This is out of that comfort zone…
Post # 7
Think of this as a second interview. Obviously, bring a pen and notepad. I’d ask questions about the company culture, what training they provide, what training would you receive, and why he now feels like you’d be a good fit for the role.
As far as salary, have a number in your head that’s your lowest acceptable offer. Also have a number that’s would be your preferred offer. Part of the reason women get paid less is that as a whole, we don’t counter offer. They want you, they can pay appropriately.
Post # 8
Definitely dress as if it was a 2nd interview, wear professional clothing, take notepad, pen, copies of resume and references.
Let them do the taling and give an offer in writing. Do not bring up salary first. Even if they ask what you want, let them give a number first. Say it’s negotiable if you have to. Do not agree to a set number in the meeting without it being in writing first in an offer. You have the upper hand here. They already know they want you. They may just be asking questions that the first person did not handle correctly and want you to alleviate any fears they might have that the first person portrayed.
Once you get the offer then definitely do your research for that position on what median salary is for that position in your area and counter offer. Do not hesitate to ask for more. They will pay for the right person. If they counter your counter, counter again. If they can’t budge monetarily for budget reasons, ask for more vacation time or paid medical, etc. You don’t get if you don’t ask and you have the upper hand. You are in a great position right now to ask for more than what they offer.
So many women, just take what is offered and get underpaid. Men usually always negotiate and get what they want. Women are very often hesitant about it. Google “women negotiating salary” to view hints and tips if you have to.
Post # 9
Thank you all for your posts
Post # 10
I wanted to let you all know that I accepted the position, got a good salary, promise of courses paid by company and great benefits… I start on Tuesday… Thank you all for your comments…
Post # 13
Thank you 🙂 so chuffed and fiancé is thrilled he doesnt have the stress of providing for both of us now 🙂