How do you handle salary questions?

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-26-2003
How do you handle salary questions?
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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 11:48am
Nobody is supposed to discuss money until an offer is made, right? Well, at all of the interviews I've had recently, I'm asked in the first interview what type of money I expect. And I think that I blew it at this one place! :( I quote industry standard, said that I'd like to be within the standard pay and also said that I am flexible particularly with other forms of compensation such as vacation, hours, or a short commute. And I still haven't heard back for a 2nd interview! This is the first itme that I haven't been asked back immediately for a 2nd interview--but the interviews always seem to go cold after the salary question. Why do people keep asking and how do I answer? I'm afraid of low-balling my self and looking underqualified or of high-balling and looking greedy. And even though I hate my current job, it's not worth it to make a lateral move and have to wait for benefits, etc to start up again. . . . plus right now I have a great commute (the only benefit of my current job).

This is so frustrating! I'm a professional interview candidate it feels like and I maybe the cause for that! :(

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 03-27-2003 - 12:22pm
I say get the salary issue out in the open as soon as possible. I recently went through a scenario where the job seemed great but the guy in charge seemed very vaque about the salary, benefits, etc. He actually told me he wasn't sure what the package would be but asked me if I could be flexible within a $1,000 of my current salary. I found out why he was vague. The package was lousy! They made me an offer $5,000 less than my current salary, no vacation for a year, no 401(k) for a year. Really lousy. I said no. Then he wanted to negotiate. After I said no twice, he called me again. Wanted me to come in and "talk about it". So, I did. The new offer was just $1,000 more but included a week's vacation. Then one week next year. I was not happy. I wasted a lot of time on this because I wasn't extremely firm about my salary requirements. And, to be honest, I was shocked that they would actually make me an offer that was so much less than my current salary and with basically no benefits. So, before you waste your time, make sure you know the salary range is and make sure you can live with it.