What to expect if you asked a higher salary?

I recently interviewed for a startup and cleared all the rounds and before scheduling the last one with C-suite, the recruiter asked me if my initial expected salary is still the same. Since the company is not giving any sign on bonus (which recruiter initially agreed), I raised the ask on base salary. Its been over a week and the recruiter promised to get back as soon as she has an update, she hasn't reached out yet. What should I expect? Are they interviewing more candidates? Should I even consider this startup as my next employer given that they changed the expectations on sign on bonus.

RebeccaStevenson's profile thumbnail
Nothing is done until the paperwork is signed. I've had interviews that went incredibly well, I thought the deal was good as done, and then they decided they don't want to hire anyone for that spot after all. Most of the places I've worked, the final decision took what seemed like a ludicrous amount of time. (Usually because they needed sign-off from six people, two of whom are unreachable at any given time.) If they didn't give you a time frame in which to expect something, I would give them a couple more business days before asking what the holdup is.
AakanshaBhalotia's profile thumbnail
I think this would be the best strategy. I would follow up with them coming Tuesday if they don’t get back by then. Thanks Rebecca! I also know the approval sometimes might take time but an estimate to candidate would have not caused a less than pleasing experience.
maggiewolff's profile thumbnail
Have they extended an offer? Never consider anything a done deal until they've extended a written offer and you signed it and agreed on a start date.
AakanshaBhalotia's profile thumbnail
Thanks for the reply. They haven’t extended an offer yet. There is still an interview left with their CEO.
AakanshaBhalotia's profile thumbnail
Thanks for the reply. They haven’t extended an offer yet. There is still an interview left with their CEO.