I just received a conditional offer this morning from a three-letter agency. However, it’s at the GS-12 level. Any tips on how I can justify a higher rating or step?

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Only way is to show them your current salary via a paystub and see if they can match it. Otherwise, your stuck at the pay they want you at.

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Agree with D1, but even then you’ll have a hard time getting it approved. The agency will have to provide (to HR) an “Above the Minimum” justification which takes into account your current pay and your unique qualifications. If the position was competitive, they’ll have to justify why they shouldn’t just go with the #2 person who is willing to accept an 11/2.

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This right. You can try but just be willing to accept it as-is if they decline and you want the job.

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EDIT: It’s actually GS-11, step 2.

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