Our expert says:
Thank you for your post. I hope that the interview went well.
There are a number of items to be addressed here.
One of the ways to weigh up your current situation vs the possible one you are describing, is to see long term, what opportunities are offered to you, and what are your own long term goals.
Apart from salary, you will also have walked into the interview and after a while, got a flavour of their culture .i.e. how they work. Some companies for example are very casual and others are formal. Which do you prefer?
The agent makes a living from placing people in jobs, and will therefore have your interest at heart, and her client, but also herself, so be aware of why she is nudging you carefully to take the job.
It is normally better to let them bring up numbers in an interview, and then you can decide if they are in your price range. You can always negotiate. If they think you are worth it, they will pay more because you will bring in a lot more for them than your salary.
These days companies are flexible with family-related issues. It is fine to bring this up at the first interview or after. However, once you have signed the contract, negotiations are normally over.
I am not sure how far you travel to work, but from here it sounds as if time is more of an issue than money. What will be your situation when creche changes to school?
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