Dear RK—This is a great question and one that should be thought out carefully while you’re interviewing. Prepare for this stage of the interview by knowing what salary you want to accept. If the salary offered is within your desired range, then my advice is to not negotiate. Say thank you enthusiastically and ask about the start date. All the details will follow.
The interview process is demanding enough without having to delicately try your hand at changing an employer’s mind. Negotiating a salary should only be considered if the wage is below what you feel acceptable for your skills and your needs. Don’t risk it, as there is always a job seeker waiting in the wings to accept the position.