How much should I negotiate - job offer? (X posted)
I have been some what looking for a new job. I have seriously been pounding the pavement or anything, but I have sent out my resume to a few places that I knew were looking to hire.
Well on Wednesday afternoon I received a call from a potential employer. We talked for probably an hour and half or longer. The call was a pre-screening interview. I can tell the woman really liked me. She really had me interested in the job. I would pretty much be doing exactly what I am doing, but in less stressful smaller office setting. I would also get the job title that I have been working towards at my current place of employment.
I really think that the woman wants to hire me, because she wants me to call her back to set up an interview for next week. She also asked typical questions at the end of the interview that people don't normally ask if they do not intend to hire you. Some of the questions included: "How much notice are you looking to give your current job?" "What are your salary requirements?"
I told what I currently make, so the offer would need to be more than what I currently make for me to even consider. However, I didn't specify how much more.
Throughout my conversation, I only had one concern with the company - they do not offer medical benefits. They do offer a retirement package and they help contribute to your 401K, but the do not offer health/dental insurance. The reason being that it has never been a need. They are a small office and everyone other than the owner has insurance through their spouse.
My current job pays for my insurance 100%. Granted it is really sucky insurance (no dental and high premiums).
The woman that interviewed me on the phone said that they would be wiling to negotiate health insurance and at the very least, they would make sure that my salary compensated for not having health insurance, that way I could pay for my own plan.
This job has much more flexible hours, and the option to work at home when my kids are sick and once they start school I can work during school hours for part of the day, and work from home the rest (yes, she specifically mentioned this).
So my question is, how much more a year would be a good enough offer? How much mroe than I already make would be a good offer?