Some employers have had difficulty in successfully extending job offers to applicants, especially Millennial professionals. It’s not uncommon to interview applicants who aren’t shy in negotiations with their inflated egos and salary expectations. 

In fact, some bosses lament some Millennials have unproven skills but are tactless and have unrealistic expectations about compensation.

So, it’s important to have a negotiating plan before you start the process.

Here are four tips:

1. Return-on-investment mindset

In making sure you get a strong ROI from a new hire, keep in mind that salary and benefits represent recurring costs.

So be careful about your limits and don’t give away your power by falling into a trap of feeling cornered.

No applicant is that good. You’re the boss, so keep the upper hand.

Even if you encounter someone whom you feel is a dream candidate, don’t stop looking. Always have options.

2. Research 

Do your due diligence. Determine what your budget will allow and what your marketplace pay ranges are.

3. Non-financial incentives

If you want to make an offer to a highly qualified candidate but have a tight budget, try being creative by offering non-financial incentives.

Your options can vary from discounted gym membership to telecommuting days.

Your offer might also include a performance clause with the chance to earn more via commission or profit sharing if your business attains certain revenue goals.

4. Discussion of evaluations and salary reviews

A new or existing employee must know that any salary increases would be contingent on performance. An existing employee is a known factor and an educated risk. A new employee — no matter what the track record — is an unknown risk.

They need to develop new business, provide profit-making ideas, or be capable of assuming additional responsibilities to save the company time and money to increase cash flow.


Finally, if it’s a difficult and not an easy process, pass on the applicant.

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“As a business owner or manager, you know that hiring the wrong person is the most costly mistake you can make.”

 -Brian Tracy


Author Terry Corbell has written innumerable online business-enhancement articles, and is a business-performance consultant and profit professional. Click here to see his management services. For a complimentary chat about your business situation or to schedule him as a speaker, consultant or author, please contact Terry.