Would you be willing to take a salary cut?
I am open to the idea of negotiation, though a salary cut would not be possible. Unfortunately, a salary cut (especially a significant one) would not be truly representative of my skills and abilities. I have quite a bit of experience in the field and have always had a salary that well represents my experience. In addition, many other companies are providing a significantly higher salary than what this company is providing.
I believe we can come to an agreement that we are both happy with. Before accepting an offer, I would like to see a written form of any specifics. As I am currently changing fields, I understand that I may not necessarily earn as much as before. However, other companies are giving higher wages for the same positions and, thus, I want to ensure that the wage will be representative of the skills I am bringing to the company as well as the duties required.