Here is the deal:
1. Sit down and figure out the worth of the benefits the company is offering. Does that make up for the lower salary. If you didn’t have those benefits would you even consider the job? Even though another company may give you more monetarily do they give you benefits that are as good?
2. Is there opportunity for growth? Many companies have a three or six month review process where it is possible to get a raise once you have proven you can do the job effectively. If they didn’t mention it … ask.
3. Come back with a counter offer even though it can be risky at times especially in this economy. But if you don’t ask how will you know.
4. Is this job your passion … the one job you have always wanted? Sometimes that is worth the lower salary.
5. Most important is that you make sure when you are speaking with the recruiter/hiring manager and they ask you what salary you are looking for that you answer truthfully. Sure it may put you out of the running but at least they are clear on your expectations and better you say it upfront then to come back and change it at the time of the offer.
Questions? Comments? Would love to hear from you!!