Is requesting a higher salary during a job interview wise?

So im looking for some part time work and I got a call from Payless shoe stores and the manager asked to interview me. He was more like a district Manager, he over saw a couple of stores. he was very kind and welcoming, not intimidating at all. I have 5 years of customer service experience at a local pharmacy and 2 years of retail banking experience. At the end of the interview I was offered $7.75 an hour to start. I then politley told him that the offer was too low and asked if he could move it to an even $8.00 per hour. I would have said 9 but he said only supervisors made 9 dollars. I am now regretting not saying $8.50 .... do you think he would have givin it to me if I had asked? ....I think he would have. what im looking for is a lil advice from folks in the retail business and how decisions of pay usually work. I am thinking of meeting with him or calling him once more and ASKING for the .50 Cents so that i could be making $8.50 ....instead of 8. is this wise?? thank you guys and gals !

Asked By: Julius - 5/29/2012
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Its always risky. As previously mentioned, retail isn't going to vary much in wage. If you have the experience and skill to justify it you may get higher rates when you ask, or you may lose an opportunity. More often than not, if you can't justify a higher rate, or what you ask for is too much for a position they will... More
Answered By: Jonathan - 5/29/2012
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Not wise. It would sound like you are trying to milk him for all he can offer, in which.. you kind of are. I'm surprised that he even got you the 8 an hour to start, retail is usually strict with payment. Now that you've done and said it though, I wouldn't go for it. You will eventually get a raise, why not hold out... More
Answered By: KH kairi - 5/29/2012
I don't think so in this economy. I think you are lucky that he went along with the 8.00.
Answered By: Inner Universe - 5/29/2012
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