Things to do: Once you are accepted for the Job

I. You do not need to be a master negotiator to get the best deal out of a company.

All you need is self-assurance, clarity about your worth, and an unflinching belief in yourself. Self-confidence usually comes through in any interview and companies value such people.

Work very hard in believing what you say about yourself. In order to be a good seller (you are selling yourself here), you will need to be totally convinced about it, in the first place.

II. Use multiples offers as a carrot-at-the-end of the stick

If and when you are lucky to get multiple offers, project yourself subtly as a 'hot commodity', which is wooed by many. Ironically, you will observe that the moment you will see 'unavailable' you become the 'most wanted'.

Hence, you should use this situation to maximize this effect, and get the best possible offer. This is the time when you will have the upper hand in the salary negotiation. Make sure it counts.

III. Even when you get a GREAT offer, do not jump and accept it on the spot.

It is not a good idea to show that what you are being offered is above your expectations. This would sometimes put you in an 'indebted' mode to the company (where you would be required to do more in gratefulness that you got more) and you do not want that.

Ask for time to consider and give an answer (anything between 2-7 days is fine).There is always scope to add a little more to your package. Your accepting a GREAT package calmly will tell the employer that you feel you deserve it, and you will be valued more for it.

They would also listen when you want anything extra because you will be treated in that league.

IV. Know when to stop negotiations and issue an ultimatum.

One of the very best negotiation tools is 'walking away' method. Be sure you use it well. It is crucial that you use this trump card at the right time.

This is usually when, you are sure that amount earmarked for the job is higher, but the negotiations are moving that way. You should be able to convey that you love the job very much, are excited about it, and would be extremely constrained to turn it down for lack of adequate compensation.

Make it come across that though your regret it, you have no other choice but to reject the offer, if the pay package is not the minimum you expect.

V. It is still possible to negotiate the pay package after the deal in clinched.

Many do not know that there are avenues to re-open negotiations post-acceptance. This is true when you 'discover' that the job responsibilities are not what they were made out to be, or the benefits do not include all the promised clauses.

This is why it is important that you have the offer in writing before you accept it.Though hard, it is possible to re-open negotiations post an offer. When you do so, however, you should be extremely succinct about what and why you want to re-open negotiations.