I am soon to graduate (one month) and I'm going to have an interview with the HR and the manager of the team (final stage of the recruitment process, I've passed the technical tests) in a cool company. As far as I know I will be asked about my salary expectations (among other things). As far as I find on the internet the salaries vary between 5.5 - 6k RON to 8k RON, and a friend of mine who had an offer from the company (other team) received an offer of 8k RON (even though he asked for far less - he has a tendency to underestimate himself). Now, the point is that I am not really willing to lower the bar below 7k, but I also really like them. Some points why I think that 7k is my right value at the moment:
The position is Junior, but I had two internships before, totalling 6 months. They don't ask for prior experience. My other friend had a
year long internship.
I've had offers for 7k before from companies that I liked - and didn't even have to negotiate, it is just what I asked for.
I've interviewed with 4 teams in total, so they should have a
comprehensive view of my skills. They also added one more team to the process because I have some rare skills (apart from those required
for this position), that are related to that other position.
I nailed all the interviews apart from some questions (another team) on a topic that I said in advance that I don't master (even before scheduling an interview with that team).
- The interview for this particular position seemed easy to me - I could have answered far tougher questions.
I have a history (as an intern) to deliver much more than expected from me - even gaining exposure to higher level managers (not even from my country) and the department showing my project to other departments - and they know it.
Does it make sense to raise these points when negotiating? 7k is about 1.5k more than the mean salary for junior in this city, and there is a scarcity in work force (I am also significantly more skilled than the usual graduate)? I could be honest and tell them that I want a long stay at their company, but if they received an offer in 4 months valuing 15-20% more than their actual salary, what would they do, even considering how much they like their current workplace? I'd actually be amazed if this didn't happen for me. Can I put the problem this way? Does it sounds rude? Lastly, but not least, do you think that my expectations are unrealistic?