After receiving an offer from a company concerning salary & benefits, how can I ask for a smaller salary and/or benefits without causing the company to retract the offer?
Any attempt I have made in the past to do so has lead to the retraction of said offer, so I'm looking for a diplomatic approach.
I apologize for not initially including my reasoning. I am asking for a smaller salary so that I don't set the bar too high for future opportunities. In my experience, people who start with a higher-than-average salary tend to have a much harder time moving out of that position in the future. In each of my interviews I was asked about my past salary and they wanted proof. In addition, anytime my past salary was higher than what the interviewer wanted to hear, that brought the interview to a quick end. I hope that explains things better.