Your first salary: to negotiate or not?


The purpose of an terms of employment interview is to reach an agreement about salary and other matters. You probably have in mind how much you want to earn. The person on the other side of the table knows approximately how much they are willing to pay. Ultimately, it is about making agreements with your new employer so that you are both happy with. That is why it is important to think about what you want and not blindly accept the first offer. How can you confidently enter into the terms of employment interview? What can you negotiate?

You will find answers to these questions in the terms of employment interview handout. Would you like to continue with the terms of employment interview? Then look at the offer below.

What Career Service has to offer

Do you want to orientate yourself on your career or apply for a job?

Students and recent graduates can contact Career Service for this! We help you through:

Brightspace toolbox Career Orientation

What is it?

In the free online e-learning Career Orientation you go through the application process from A to Z on the basis of practical knowledge clips, tests, exercises, handouts and checklists. This way you get a clearer answer to the questions: who am I, what can I do, what do I want and how do I get there? You can go through the entire course or just a single part such as the CV. This way you can get started online at your own time and pace developing your application skills, such as:

  • gaining insight into your qualities through a number of tests
  • orientate on your career options
  • learn to introduce yourself
  • create a powerful resume or LinkedIn profile
  • writing an attractive motivation letter
  • preparing for your job interview.


How do I get there?

If your faculty is not listed below, the course is already available in your Brightspace. Students from the faculties below can add the course to their Brightspace via the corresponding (osiris) course code:

  • Law:
    Only accessible for specific courses
  • Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies:
    Not available yet (will be available soon)
  • Faculty of Arts
    LET-LETM001 (Only needed for Bachelor students, already available for (pre-)master students)


We have the following workshops to offer:

  • Job wanted! Where to find vacancies?
  • CV
  • Motivation letter
  • Job interview
  • From your success story to your dream job (writing your personal profile)
  • Terms of employment conversation
  • Dare to choose
  • LinkedIn en networking

Appointment Career Officer

Do you have a question about your career or would you like to have your motivation letter or CV checked? For personal advice, make an appointment with the Career Officer of your faculty.

Vacancy platform Career Central

Career Central is the community for everything the university has to offer besides and after your studies. We help you with relevant side jobs and internships during your studies, but we also help you on your way to your first job and in your career. By bringing you into contact with former students who are happy to help you with your questions about the professional field, by offering guidance even after graduation and by listing the best vacancies for you.