Get A Raise By Asking For An Insane Amount of Money

According to a 2011 study, one of the best ways to ask for a big raise and get one is to start with a joke, where you ask for an INSANE amount of money, like a million bucks. 

It has to do with a technique called "anchoring," where you start with a higher number than you actually expect to get.

Studies have found it even works if you go way over-the-top with it, because throwing out any high number makes your boss less likely to low-ball you.  Plus it's a good ice-breaker.  It also works if you're negotiating your salary in a job interview.  

During this study, a bunch of people interviewed for the same job that paid just over $30,000.  When people joked that they wanted one hundred thousand dollars, the average offer they got was $35,385.

When they didn't joke, the average offer they got was about $3,000 less.  So almost a 10% difference. 

Has anyone ever tried this?  And did it WORK?


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