Even though you may have gone through various articles that cover answering tough interview question, everyone dreads the question what salary are you looking for?
The subject may come up as the interviewer becomes more interested in hiring you. At this point the interviewer wants to know whether they can “afford you.” This is a very tricky part of the interview and could even break your chances of getting the job. Tread lightly and protect your information is the rule.
Below are various answers that will assist you in answering the dreaded question.Some answers are stronger than others and some will fit certain situations better than others:
A 1) “I really need more information about the job before we start to discuss salary. I’d like to postpone that discussion until later. Maybe you could tell me what is budgeted for the position, and how your commission structure works.”
A 2) I’m sure when the time comes and I know more about the facts of the position and how it fits into the bigger picture; we can come to a mutually agreeable figure.”
A 3) “I really need more information about the position before I can begin to discuss salary. Can you tell me the range budgeted for this position?”
A 4) “From the research that I have done it appears to be in the KSH. 60,000–70,000 range. Is that the range you had in mind?” (This is a good answer if they insist on a figure from you).
A 5) “Based on my previous experience and education and the ‘going rate’ for this type of position, I would like to be in the mid to high 70s. Is that a range that fit with your compensation structure?”(Good answer if pushed for a figure – give an acceptable range.)
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