When negotiating for a new job, is it advisable to negotiate one thing at a time, or is it okay to try multiple things at once?

For example, if one requests higher salary than what was offered, in addition to having several remote working days written into the contract, would that come off as too demanding?

At the same time, I feel that if one negotiates one thing at a time, the hiring manager may think there will never be an end to the requests.

What is the typical protocol here?

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    Of course, negotiate everything at the same time. Just don't negotiate too early in the process, make sure they want you and offered you a position before you start negotiating. Commented Nov 20, 2019 at 5:28

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Is it okay to negotiate salary and remote work at the same time?

TL;DR: Is is OK and it is expected.

Think about this: in the job offer, if the organization mentioned only one responsibility and after accepting the offer, they tell you about another responsibility, and after joining, they tell you about several more - how would you feel?

  • Put all terms and conditions and requirements and expectations from your side on the table at one time, in the very beginning (before negotiation starts)
  • Have the discussion (multiple is necessary) and settle down on what is acceptable from both sides.
  • Once agreed upon, please stick to the finalized terms and conditions.
  • Thank you. That's what I thought, but I saw a blog online that said to negotiate salary first before adding anything else.
    – Catsunami
    Commented Nov 20, 2019 at 16:05
  • @Catsunami That's probably not a negotiation, that's a feasibility check. For example, if you expect to get paid $40K and the organization is offering $20K, there's not much point in any further discussion. Basically this check, based on the ball-park estimate of salary is done even before the interview is scheduled, so it saves everyone's time. But once you're in the negotiation phase, go all in. Commented Nov 20, 2019 at 16:53

Negotiate for everything you want at the start.

It's best to lay your cards on the table so everyone knows what is happening, no surprises further down the line. That just makes you look like you didn't think things through seriously, which is unprofessional.


You wouldn't like it if said company kept surprising you with new contract terms every time you've agreed on something. Especially in this stage of your relationship, it's best to be transparent and open about your requests.

There's also an added benefit to this transparancy; if the company is unable to meet one of your requests, let's say there's a maximum of two remote working days per week, they might compensate for it by increasing their salary offer. Chris Voss, an ex-FBI hostage negotiator, wrote a book called Never Split the Difference, which covers negotiating salary and contract terms. I found it a very useful book, and this excerpt might answer your question:

"...the more you talk about nonsalary terms, the more likely you are to hear the full range of their options. If they can’t meet your nonsalary requests, they may even counter with more money, like they did with a French-born American former student of mine. She kept asking — with a big smile — for an extra week of vacation beyond what the company normally gave. She was “French,” she said, and that’s what French people did. The hiring company was completely handcuffed on the vacation issue, but because she was so darned delightful, and because she introduced a nonmonetary variable into the notion of her value, they countered by increasing her salary offer."

  • Exactly. Negotiating for both at the same time increases your chances of getting at least one of those things.
    – Llewellyn
    Commented Nov 20, 2019 at 18:21

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