Career Change Question

posted 2 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley

I can’t think of a time where I’ve been contacted to come in for an interview without first having an opportunity to discuss some important details (such as salary range, benefits, location, etc).  You should feel well within your comfort zone to ask for the salary range for the position before you go in for an in-person interview.  

If you are contacted back and asked to come in for an in-person, I would first ask those important questions.  There’s nothing wrong with that. It will save both you and the interviewer time. 🙂

Post # 3
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312 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

Most places now a days conduct phone interviews, where they do list the starting wage. I just had one for a second job not too long ago. It they REALLY want you to meet for an interview, they will work around your schedule. Let them know your current hours upfront and how you are more then welcomed to meet before or after that.

Post # 4
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2569 posts
Sugar bee

Springbride, I take the risk and go to the interviews anyway. I NEVER ask about salary before I go on an interview and personally think that is a big no, no!  The topic will most likely come up in an interview anyway. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

springbride23:  I’ve seen that many job posts list the salary range, so hopefully you won’t have to ask 🙂

However, if it’s not listed, they usually mention it in the first interview.

Good luck on your search!

Post # 8
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612 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Payscale.com is a great reference.  You’d be surprised at the wealth of information on there.

Post # 9
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1362 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley

springbride23:  I recommend PP’s suggestion of looking at payscale.com and using that tool.  It will help ensure your ‘ideal’ salary isn’t unrealistic.  If you ask for too much you’re liable to place yourself out of consideration, so you definitely want to make sure that what you’re asking for is within the range for that type of position.

Post # 10
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5207 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

springbride23:  You can request an unofficial phone interview first. It’s normal to feel uncomfortable asking about wages but why waste your time and theirs?

Post # 11
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195 posts
Blushing bee

I would suggest taking all interviews and discussing salary when they come to the point of making you a serious offer/2-3 round. Personally, I would let them bring it up at interview, as if it is something they believe is relevant (i.e. you are currently above market/they have a substantial range). From my experience this is something you thrash out with HR rather than the hiring manager…. 

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