I was interviewed for a software development job. A position which calls for expert level skill.
the hiring process was long and difficult , the final technical interview lasted more than a 4 hours. after this long interview, I was asked to wait for a few minutes and meet the CTO, he surprised me with the salary expectation question. After the long day I was tired & hungry so I asked what was the budget for this position. The answer he gave me was such a low ball I should have realized immediately this is a negotiation trick, But as I said I was out of focus and I blurred a number lower than I should have.
On my way home they emailed me with request for references, once they spoke with them. they sent me an offer a few thousands / year less than what I asked.
Afer pondering the issue I emailed back , thanked them for their offer and asked politely for the original target (which is in line with what they pay in this company from what I know). I made no ultimatum just stated the gap is small and it would be nice if they can up their offer a bit.
that was yesterday morning. I got no response from them. I am at a complete loss of what to do now. Given their quick response time since I began this process (hours) waiting so long is strange.
I would like to work there, but I think that calling them asking for a response at this point, might not work to my advantage.
what are your thoughts ?