You've got a job offer and you're ready to give notice. Still, there's always that teeny tiny voice in the back of your head that begs the question: Are they going to make me a counteroffer to get me to stay?
Well, before you can ask, heed this advice from Charlie Javice, founder of Frank, a service that makes it easier to understand and apply for financial aid. You have to let your employer bring up the possibility of a counteroffer first.
If they do, that's your cue to talk money and start making demands. In fact, it's smart to go into the meeting with a loose idea of what would have to change (pay, job title, work hour flexibility, for example) for you to decline your new job offer and decide to stay on board.
As with any negotiation, if the conversation reaches that point, you'll want to pad your ask so you have some wiggle room to get what you really want.
But the bottom line is this: If they don't start the counteroffer discussion, the time is right to walk away.