I interviewed with a company for an engineering position and I got to know that they will be extending an offer. Since then, the exchanges between me and HR have been frustrating:
- First they called me to see if I'm giving them a number for my salary. As someone who has read the Kalzumeus post on salary negotiation, I refused to give a number. This was even before they disclosed all the terms of their benefits. So I told them to please send as much information about the benefits over email, and to please come up with an offer.
- Then they come up with an offer, again on the phone. I asked the HR person to please send me a formal email, which in fairness she did.
- I countered the offer over the email adding some level of detail about why I want a different agreement...just to get a reply from HR that says "the VP will call you in the next days to discuss the points you brought up"
Is this a regular occurrence? How can I politely steer them away from calling me? I hate negotiating over the phone (English is not my native language), and I certainly feel that talking on the phone gives them a competitive advantage, since I have to give answers on the fly.
Update: as noted by many, in the original post I used the expression "cold calling" in the wrong context - is now replaced by a more appropiate "calling".