I am curious about under what circumstances firms offer signing bonus or agree to add signing bonus. My guess is it is used for:
1) a substitute for a higher salary
2) an extra motivation to the job seeker for accepting offer from firm A instead of B when he/she is in high demand
Are there other situations? Or is it a quite usual now for big four to offer a signing bonus that goes with an offer?
Also, if I am unemployed (between the jobs) when receiving an offer, will I still have a chance to get a signing bonus? Or I shouldn't bother to ask for it at all?
Thanks for your input! I really appreciate it.