I've been speaking to the hiring manager since the beginning since their recruiter was too busy, and it's been great. She has a great understanding of my background and where I want to go.
She mentioned she's offering me the high band (in the top 25%) where they usually offer the lower 50% band to juniors like me. It's because I sold my business a few months ago.
I received an offer letter over email with the letterhead and all, and asked for top of the band (8% salary increase).
I haven't heard back.
I was prepared to accept her original offer if she said this was too much. But now I'm worried I lost the offer. I do need the job.
I don't want to seem desperate. But I do want to communicate I'll take the original offer.
In this position, when's a good time to followup and what is a reasonable way to communicate the above?