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Should I ask about salary during job interviews?

May 29, 2014 , , , ,

By: Kelsey Miller @Kelsey_65

SalaryThe dreaded question of when to bring up the topic of compensation for work during the job interview is always a challenge. To cut to the chase, DON’T DO IT. There is a proper time and place in which to talk money, and during the job interview is not the place. The reason for this is simple: why should someone bring up salaries when he or she hasn’t gotten the job yet?

Think of an interview as a first date – it’s all about timing. You don’t want to freak your date out by trying to go straight for the kiss before you actually go out on the date. Talking money too soon with a possible employer can be quite the turn off and make them think twice about giving you the job.

Although it’s frowned upon to ask about money during the interview, it’s still a necessary conversation to have. Not only is it necessary, it is also very important, especially for women.  Salaries should be dealt with once you know you have received the job. The employer may bring it up first, but there is nothing wrong with bringing it up first.

It is very important to do your research before you interview for the position. Research the average wage for the kind of work you will be doing and the region of your place of employment. Due to the gender wage gap, women may experience employers that may try to offer wages that are less than their male counterparts. Go to http://www.payscale.com/cost-of-living-calculator to figure out the median salary for the work that you will be doing in the city you are working in to feel confident in your research and to stand your ground when discussing compensation. Most employers expect new employees to be grateful for receiving the job that they won’t question how much they are paid, but when you stand up for yourself, it shows that you take initiative and are strong willed. This may be interpreted to the employer that you will do the same for his or her company. Many employers will respect you for pushing the limit. If the employer isn’t flexible for no apparent reason, maybe you should rethink him or her as being someone you really want to work with.

Aside from research, you need to think about how flexible you are willing to be. If this position has been your dream job since you were in 1st grade, you may find yourself being a lot more flexible than for a position that you just stumbled upon online about a week ago. Whatever your flexibility, be sure to stick to your guns.

Put a price on your qualifications and potential and don’t lower it for any one job. The worst-case scenario is always going to be that they just say “no”. It isn’t the end of the world, and you won’t have to ask yourself “what if…?”. It is obvious you were the best fit for the position; they need you about as much as you need them.


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