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Hiring the Best Knowledge Workers, Techies & Nerds: The Secrets & Science of Hiring Technical People by Gerald M. Weinberg, Johanna Rothman

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12. Creating, Timing, and Extending an Offer

Hiring Manager: “Hi, is this Damon R. Candidate?”

Candidate: “Yes, this is Damon speaking.”

Hiring Manager: “This is Joseph Manager, from the performance group you interviewed with yesterday. I’d like to make you an offer for a job as a Performance Software Engineer. Here are the particulars: We can offer a salary of forty thousand dollars, thirty thousand shares of stock options that vest evenly over three years, and our standard benefits.”

Candidate: “Oh. Thank you, but I’m afraid I cannot accept an offer of less than fifty thousand dollars in salary.”

Oops. When you make an offer, you want to know that salary and other conditions are in the acceptable range for a candidate. To do that, you need ...

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