I applied for a job and passed multiple interviews that went well.
Last Thursday I had the last interview until now. It was with HR department. I know in some countries salaries are double checked at the very beginning of the hiring process but in the place I am applying to, that is not the custom and is only done at the very end.
So it was a video call (no email) and we both gave our numbers. So they gave a number A and claimed that was the maximum amount they had allocated for this position. I gave a number B = 120% A that was over their numbers.
So they said that they will need to discuss with finances department what they can offer me. I just said OK. So they claimed they will check with the finances department and come back to me. That was on Thursday.
Now, reality is for me I would be ok to accept a salary C = 110% A. So let's say I am ok to accept a salary that is right in the middle between my original expectation and their maximum offer.
My questions here are these:
- Should I wait passively until they come back to me and tell me their offer? This has for me the disadvantage that I see some risk they will come back and say they cannot come close to my offer so they won't hire me. Or even worse, they won't even answer me again. (That happened to my in previous hiring processes, when the offer did not match my expectation they did not go into any negotiation, just stopped there).
- Should I proactively contact them and tell them I am cool with a salary right in the middle of their offer and my expectation? That has the advantage in my opinion that they will see I am totally ok with it and might still want to hire me, provided they are also ok with that salary. The only disadvantage I see is that, they might actually have offered what I originally asked, but I think it would be too akward since is 20% above what they offered. So I would feel uncomfortable knowing they feel they are over paying me. And actually I feel comfortable with only 10% more than what they offer.
- If proactively contacting them... should I use email or should I make a phone call? The whole process went through email + interviews face to face online. The salary negotiation went through face to face interview too.