Long story short, I decided to leave my leasing agent job of 3 years in Boston a month ago and move to NYC because I have a lot of friends and family there. I just moved back into my parent's house right outside last week and while I got a short-term part-time job setup before I got here I'd like to get a "real" job.
I asked an acquaintance on facebook for advice on my resume and he knew of a position opening in his company because he's friends with the hiring manager. He forwarded everything over and we setup an interview. I did speak to my friend a bunch because he has the same position and he gave me the lowdown on pay, responsibiilites and such.
I had the interview last week and it went very well. I had a good rapport with the hiring manager, he seemed to like my answers, had a couple other people in the office talk to me and all that good stuff. he said he would definitely contact me by the end of this week as he had a couple more interviews.
Anyway, he asked me about salary and i gave him a number which i thought of as my base (there are commissions also). He then quickly said "you'll definitely make more than that with commissions". It wasn't sneaky but I felt that if I corrected him it would've been awkward. He did give me the range for the base and my number was in there so it's not totally far-fetched and with their commission structure I will make good money.
Now, I've never negotiated a salary before. My family has always been pretty poor and I'm the first one getting a corporate job so this world is completely new to me.
The job isn't perfect (but it's a pretty nice upgrade from my last)and it's the perfect segway to get where I want to go. And while I haven't applied to a ton of jobs yet I don't think I'm going to get better than this right now as I don't have any NYC real estate experience. And even if they offer me the lowest base I'll still make decent money.
However, from what I read online, most companies expect some sort of negotiation. I'm not going to get greedy but it seems that I can get at least a couple thousand out of them just by asking. This is a huge s&p 500 company so the people who are negotiating probably don't care too much. I just don't want to risk them pulling the job offer, although all signs point to no.
So, I don't even know if I have the job but I want to be ready if I get the call tomorrow or Friday. If you guys have any experience or advice to share it would greatly appreciated.