(Closed) Interview Question: What is your current salary and what is your desired salary?

posted 6 years ago in Career
  • poll: When asked your current salary in an interview or online application, how do you answer?
    Tell them my exact current salary : (15 votes)
    43 %
    Exaggerate my current salary slightly so I KNOW I'll get an offer higher than what I currently make : (12 votes)
    34 %
    Significantly inflate my current salary - it's all about negotiation : (1 votes)
    3 %
    Avoid telling them at all costs... I want to see what they offer me first : (6 votes)
    17 %
    Obligatory Other : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    2363 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Be honest about your current salary!!  The new company will probably verify it at some point, and could rescind your offer if they find out you lied.  You can still give a desired salary range based on market pay, not your current pay.

    Post # 4
    1249 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 1992

    Yep, they are allowed to verify your current salary.  So don’t lie about that.  But definitely negotiate up! 

    Post # 5
    963 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Tell them your current salary and give them your expected range at the same. Justify your expected salary increase based on experience, job responsibilities, etc.

    Post # 6
    10565 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I don’t have a job right now, but if I were to do this and my salary wasn’t an even amount, I would probably round up to the nearest 5k.

    Post # 8
    11343 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    Whatever you do, absolutely DO NOT inflate your current salary.  Be honest.  It’s perfectly understandable that you are going to tell the interviewer that you would like to make more money than you are currently making.  An increase in responsibility and an increase in pay are two reasons many people are seeking new jobs.

    I do not think you have to give the interviewer a specific number when he or she asks how much you are interested in earning.  After answering the question about your current salary, you could answer the other question simply by saying something along the lines of, “Because I would be bringing (note number of years and areas of experience) with me to this new position, and this position clearly represents an increased level of responsibilty, I would expect that the salary and benefits package would appropriately reflect those factors.”

    Post # 9
    2183 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

    I try to avoid the exact exact number… if they require salary history in the application process, I’ll say, “I currently earn in the mid-forties and would request a salary in the mid-fifties,” or something like that. I actually earn 45, so I really do earn “in the mid-forties.” But as PPs said, definitely don’t lie about it.


    Post # 10
    752 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Be totally honest. At my most recent position, because I didn’t want them contacting my employer I had to supply a copy of a pay stub to verify that I worked there. If I had lied about my salary, I probably would not have received an offer once they saw the pay stub. 

    If it’s early on in the interview process, I keep the numbers generic. If you make 42k, say low 40s. This is usually fine. Then, if they press further, be honest. I don’t think a lower salary will be a hinderance if you prove your worth in the interview. My most recent employment transition got me a 20% increase in pay, because I was underpaid at the old place, and am paid adequately or slightly above market at the new one. 

    Post # 11
    13099 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I always try to avoid answering this question if I can.

    Especially in my most recent job search where I knew I’d be taking a large pay cut.  I was afraid people wouldn’t even want to consider me for fear I wouldn’t be willing to work for the new pay.

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