I received a return offer after my internship and am in the negotiation phase.
Is it appropriate to reach out to my intern friends to discuss the offer? I currently don't know whether they also got a return offer or any other details.
The benefits are clear: more information means more bargaining power. By talking I will know how many candidates the employer is considering, whether the offers are the same, how far is the employer willing to budge. These are valuable information specific to this employer and this negotiation. It's about peeking into the employer's hand.
What are the costs?
- Is it icky to broach the topic with my intern friends? As mentioned, I don't know if they get an offer or not.
- If the employer finds out that I talk to other candidates, how will they view it?