Whether we feel it is vulgar, or simply bad manners, most of us tend not to openly talk about money. Society deems a conversation about money to be an extremely personal and sensitive one. This is probably why when an interviewer broaches the subject of money, it can make even the most prepared candidate feel that bit awkward or flustered.
To help ensure that doesn’t happen to you, here are some tips on how to answer : “ What are your salary expectations?”
If the salary on offer for the job is not advertised, it makes sense to do some research. Look at similar roles in similar organisations in the same area and try and establish what the typical salary is for this type of position. Look at regional and national salary surveys and get a broader understanding of what the current rates are for the position. Many of the bigger job boards have links to current salary surveys and can help give you a bit of an indication as to what to expect. You will then be able to state to the interviewer that you are aware of the market rate for this type of position in the local area, and that you imagine they would be offering something that is in line with the competition.
The Complete Package
Don’t make the mistake of simply assuming that the basic salary is the be all and end all. Many organisations offer additional benefits which can mean your total annual remuneration package is worth much more. It can be worthwhile stating to the interviewer that rather than committing to a specific salary, you would prefer to hear some more information on the type of package that they are offering for the role.
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