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What to do when a recruiter won’t let you negotiate salary? I have a feeling this person doesn’t want to go back to leadership with a counter offer versus there being an actual cap on the offer.

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It’s not their call and you just hold firm

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Its an internal recruiter. Small company so recruiting team is small. I need to have some probing questions ready for the recruiter to see what the problem with negotiation is.

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Is it an internal recruiter or 3rd party?

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Recruiters can always lie and claim they did. My girlfriend and I confirmed this to be true at her previous place of employment (KPMG). Her recruiter claimed to have already spoken to partner and couldn’t go any higher. Luckily my lady knew the partner beforehand and texted him to confirm; to which he told her that he never heard from the recruiter and will make it happen. My girlfriend received an updated offer letter the very next day with the higher salary she was negotiating for.

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D2 I'm not surprised, some recruiters have numbers they need to hit and aren't exactly forthcoming. Mentally I equate them to used car salesmen.

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Fair, I was curious simply because some external recruiters don’t want to try and rock the boat

You are SOL. Have you ever thought that the small company has a firm offer and that they dont negotiate

SL1 is mistaken - they don’t have a choice but to go back. It is their job to take offers between you and the hiring authority. But you might be SOL on whether it works

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