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How to Ask About Salary in a
Job Interview
Putting together a resume and applying for various positions can be nerve
wracking and time consuming. However, these tasks are just the
preliminaries to help you get in the door and obtain an interview. Once
you have an interview in place, the really hard part begins. Not only will
you have to appear professional and sell yourself to a potential boss, you
will also have to deal with hard questions like what to expect from the
salary of the job. There are professional and discreet ways to deal with
this question without standing out in a negative way.
Don't Jump the Gun
One of the worst things you can do is jump into a discussion about salary
before either yourself or the interviewer has a good feel for what you can
offer. In many cases, discussing
salary too soon can actually
hurt your chances of landing
the job. If the interviewer
hasn't had enough time
to develop a good
impression and a



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feeling that you are a good fit for the job, any discussion of salary will
probably be off-putting. Never ask about salary unless you are fairly
certain that the interviewer is seriously considering you for the position.
Use What You Know
If you are coming to the interview with at least a basic knowledge of what
the job is offering, consider yourself lucky. If there is any information
available on the salary range, keep that on hand and use it as a starting
point. If you need to talk about the salary, begin by stating what you
understand, verifying that your information is correct. The opening
statement may look something like this:
Interviewer: "According to the ad I responded to, the salary
ranges from between $45,000 to $50,000 per year. Is that
correct?"
By opening the question in this manner, you will not appear to be
overeager, but rather diligent in verifying the advertised offer as you
understand it. This should open the conversation in a natural and
professional way. It also lets the employer know that you are open to
various possibilities.




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Don't Be Too Eager
Unless you can use what you know to open the salary negotiation in a
natural way, this subject will be very difficult to broach. If you open the
conversation, you can appear to be overeager or too confident in your
position during negotiation. Most employment experts recommend that
you do not throw out the first potential number. In fact, if you are asked,
it's best that you divert the question back to the interviewer by inquiring
as to what they had in mind for the salary. You can also just dodge the
question altogether by returning the focus to your skills, abilities and
talents and how they will help the company. Don't be afraid to say that
you don't want to talk about salary until you are both sure that you are a
good fit for the job.
Once you have been offered a position, you can be more aggressive with
salary negotiations. By this time, your future boss will be impressed with
your skills and have a lot to lose by letting you go. This is the time to bring
in the big guns, do your research and be assertive in what you expect from
the salary.









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