How To Answer ‘What Salary Are You Expecting?’

How To Answer ‘What Salary Are You Expecting?’

How to answer the question ‘What Salary are you Expecting?’

You may be asked about the remuneration you are expecting during a job interview. You may also be asked the question when a recruitment professional first makes contact with you.

In the latter set of circumstances, the recruiter is probably asking the question so that they can work out which roles to put you forward for.

However, if you are asked this question by your prospective employer in a job interview, then you need to think carefully before answering. The problem here is that if you quote a figure that is too high, you could price yourself out of the job. Conversely, if you mention a figure that is on the low side, you could end up being offered that low amount, whilst people carrying out the same roles in other companies, and even your colleagues, might then get more for doing the same job!

Before you attend an interview, you should conduct some research as what the typical market rate is for that role. This could be an important factor in deciding how you answer the question, as if the company would not offer you the typical market rate, would you be better off applying to the other companies within the sector instead?

One strategy you can try and adopt is to duck the question. You could say to the interviewer that you would like to find out much more about the role and the company before committing yourself. You can also try turning the question around and ask what the company typically offers for the role. Alternatively, you may say you would be happy with a salary that was typical for the role across the industry, but that your main concern is to find a job that is interesting and challenging. However in any of these cases, the interviewer may simply insist that you answer his/her question about desired salary!

If the job was advertised with a specified salary range, you might like to suggest that your skills and experience mean you would prefer a salary that is closer to the upper end of the range.

Another approach is to take your current salary and suggest that you would be looking for a small increase compared to that.

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