Got rejected due to salary expectations :(

posted 1 year ago in Career
Post # 2
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Busy bee

This is probably not what you wanna hear (or read rather) but honestly I think the manager just gave you an excuse. If they really wanted to hire you then I’m sure they would have found a way, whether it’s offering a little less and adding a sign on bonus to help compensate or whatever. Especially since they reposted the job. I think it’s pretty common for a job prospect to give a number higher than the average and for the company to counter offer. From what I understand, it costs a lot of money for companies when hiring. 

So sorry about this. I know how it feels to not get a job you really thought you would’ve gotten 😞 hugs

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

I would say at this point you have nothing, so there is nothing to lose by reaching out and offering to accept a lower figure and seeing what they can offer

Post # 5
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Blushing bee

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mel2 :  I agree. I’d say something like “Thank you for letting me know. I really admire X Y Z about your company and would be [flexible with/willing to lower] salary ranges should I get the opportunity to work there” 

Or something? Just talk up how much you want to work for this specific company and why (grow your skills, leader in the industry, etc). 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

I’m a contract recruiter, unfortunately I would say I have to agree with PP that it most likely is an excuse. It’s rare to see a company let go of a potential candidate because of their salary expectation without first seeing if they will accept a lower figure. To go back and do the entire process again when all they had to do was offer a few less bucks is not business savvy. If it’s not an excuse the hiring manager maybe new to this, new in his job, or not being advised correctly by HR.

 

Absolutely approach the manager to let them know you will accept a lower offer. You’ve nothing to loose and everything to gain. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

At the final stage they would have made a lower offer instead of rejection if they wanted you. I’m sure rejection happens due to salary request but I think that is before interview process.

It happens, hope the next one goes your way!

Post # 8
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Busy bee

It was an excuse, bee. Time to move on, don’t focus any more effort on this. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

I agree with PP, it sucks but if they really liked you that much they would have countered and found a way to get you on. Sorry, it’s time to move on. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee

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khloemichelle :  I would move forward. IMO this company is full of shit.

This all sounds like a company that wants to pay entry level salaries for high qualifications- a company that wants a list of qualifications as long as your arm, but doesn’t want to pay anywhere near the going rate.

Say for example they listed the hourly wage at $16- $30/ hour commensurate with education and experience, this could be a misleading amount as they may not intend on paying anyone near the top amount and will claim there are others more qualified than you that could justify this amount.

So if you listed your salary expectations as $25-$30/ hour, surely they would have negotiated with you if they were willing to pay you $22-$24/ hour- if they really wanted you, they would have raised what they were willing to pay, if they were interested but had other candidates, they may have seen if you were willing to negotiate down a bit. The reason they didn’t negotiate with you or these other alleged candidates is because they want to pay someone $16/ hour but know that if they stated that at the outset, the highly qualified people they expect to work for peanuts wouldn’t apply. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

While some places have some wiggle room for negotiation within a few dollars per hour range, maybe the salary they wanted to offer was WAY TOO LOW for what you wanted. As crustyoldbee said, you asking for say $25 and them offering you $22-23 could be reasonable, but them offering you $16 would be insane and they know you couldn’t take it. It would be an insult to you to even offer something SO much lower than your asking salary. 

Depending on the job and your experience level, maybe they did really like you if you got that impression. But in their eyes, offering a great / experienced / professional candidate a sad barely living wage would be a big insult, even if you were willing to negotiate. Its rude and not professional to offer a working professional adult a teenage wage. How badly do you want this job, would you have been willing to settle for 10-20K less? Don’t sell yourself short – find a job that values you the way you deserve to be valued for your experience level. 

For reference on the other side, my D.H. just got a new job. He was currently at $27 / hour and was offered 20. He responded back to negotiate saying his wife was pregnant and we couldn’t afford that much of a dip, but they loved him and negotiated up to 24 an hour so he took it. They understood he wasn’t some kid, he was an adult with 10+ years of experience about to have a child.. and they valued what he needed to survive as they thought he was worth the negotiation. You want to work somewhere that will value you! 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

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khloemichelle :  Yeah that could be the case! I know at least in my company (large fortune 50 corporation), the hiring manager has little to do with the salary and that is mostly HR managed. Sure the manager can fight for some wiggle room, but the salary range is set by HR. Perhaps he said that without really knowing how much pull he could have with HR? Certainly not fair to you and he shoudn’t have agreed to that!

Post # 15
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Blushing bee

I agree with PPs that it was likely an excuse if your salary was more or less in line with what they were offering. In any case, I say move on! 

I recently went through 4 lengthy panel interviews, and because we had talked salary, I figured we were on the same page. They offered me the position – a position with longer hours, higher level, more responsibility, etc for substantially less than we discussed (and less than i currently make).  When I tried to negotiate up to my current salary so I wouldn’t lose money taking the job, they told me it was non-negotiable. One thing I did notice is that they moved the start date up by a couple weeks, likely to give them time to make another offer in the event I declined. 

Excuse or not, I wouldn’t send an email. You have to know your walk away point when discussing salary and stick to it. 

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