Ask For An Absurdly High Salary to Receive Better Pay? Yes, It Works

September 12, 2011  |  

This might seem like a new finding, but apparently anchoring is used often by department stores, which inflate original prices to make their sales offer the appearance of incredible savings. At the time time, the original high anchor price makes the item seem more valuable.

While setting an implausibly high anchor price for yourself is risky, there are a couple of benefits to making such a move. It might make your potential employer realize that you value yourself, and probably have prospects elsewhere. This might make the firm eager to snap you up before someone else does.

Plus, anchoring your salary request on the high end should only be attempted after a job offer has been made. You know at this point the company wants you. While your final salary might not be near the high-end anchor price, it does open the door to asking for other non-salary benefits like extra vacation time or flexible hours, if the firm cannot supply the extra cash. Asking for more money brings the potential for asking for other things that are more easily parted with.

At the same time, there is the risk that making such a request could turn your possible bosses off. The key it seems is keeping the suggestion light and breezy — not angry, arrogant or demanding in tone. And with all salary negotiations, there is always an element of risk.

Is setting an absurdly high anchor price one you would be willing to take? Have you ever tried this salary negotiation technique? What were the results? Leave your comments below!

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