Post # 1
Getting more into my job search, and have a couple of interviews set up for when I’ll be in town (I’m currently living out of state, but I’m visiting my future town for one week about 2 weeks before the official move). The job search is going pretty well, I have three on site interviews set up that week and a phone interview for next week that may be added to the list.
But, having never really had this many potential employers before, I had some questions.
1.) I’ve only ever had phone interviews so I’m not expecting an offer or anything, but do I have to wait for a job offer to find out what the job will pay? I’ve had mixed advice about this. I’ve heard it’s pretty tacky to ask during the interview process and you should wait until they officially offer you a position. I’ve heard from others that it’s completely acceptable to ask. Just wondering if what you bees think?
2.) How long can I take before I accept a position once it’s been offered to me? I know it’s preliminary- but if I continue to fill this week up with interviews, Im hoping I have some time to mull over my options and not need to accept a position the moment it is offered (especially as I may have more interviews/offers the next day!). Is it appropriate to ask for some time to think it over? And if so, how much? Obviously the entire week would be ideal but I’m not sure if that’s too long.
Also, I’m going into the medical field, I will have a professional license in Occupational Therapy and my projected salary will be anywhere from $60,000-75,000. I am also a new graduate and this will be an entry level position. Not sure if that information changes any of the answers, but I figured I would include it!
Post # 2
1) Depends where you’re from. I’m in Australia and I always inquire about salary – why should I waste my time going through several interview stages only to find out they’re paying way under average for the role? I either ask on the phone (usually with an array of other questions I might have about the position) when they first call, or do so at the end of the interview process. A lot of places will ask you what your expected salary is at the end of the interview anyway, so it’s always easy to bring it up then.
2) I’d just say “Thank you for the offer, if you don’t mind I’d appreciate a few days to consider.” and leave it at that. Give them a call back as soon as you know if you’d like to take it or not – but do try and stick to 2-3 days tops.
Post # 3
1. My rule of thumb is that if I make it to a second interview, I will ask about salary then. I personally find it inappropriate at the first interview. But that’s just me.
2. A few days is typically fine, but I wouldn’t take the whole week. I’d say 72 hours max.
Post # 4
mrsaime : Thanks! Would the second interview qualify as the first face to face interview if you’ve already had a phone interview?
Post # 5
MsAfarian : Thank you! I’m getting that 2-3 days seems an appropriate amount of time. It just may be frustrating to accept something before I know if there may be another better pending opportunity.
Post # 6
The ask a manager blog has so much helpful information about the process you’re going through. You should check it out!
Post # 7
mingogo4 : Yeah, I think so.
Post # 8
mingogo4 : What I have been told, you NEVER ask about salary.
Post # 9
Depends on whether you’re moving to a small town or a large city. But, yes, you can take a day or so to weigh your options. A week is a little much & shows a lack of respect for the job. You might get off on the wrong foot if you don’t get back to them within a couple of days.
Post # 10
I wouldn’t ask about salary until the interviewer brings it up or makes some obvious remark that you are a top contender. Honestly in my experience as a hiring manager the only people that have brought up salary first were ones that I’d already decided 5 minutes into the interview that I didn’t want to hire them anyways…. if you know the general range and are applying to jobs that fit your skill set then I don’t think you’ll have much to worry about.
Funny story though, I once had a woman apply to an entry level position even though she had 15 or 20 years experience; however she’d been out of the workforce for some time and I figured I’d at least do a phone interview with her and ask why she wanted an entry level position (maybe she felt her skills were rusty, I didn’t know). I asked her salary requirements and she then got YELLED at me when I said that was far above what I was able to pay. She said “do you really think you’ll get someone like me for that much money?” um….nope….I didn’t that’s why I advertised for ENTRY LEVEL and was surprised you applied. I was expecting to find a recent college grad with no experience and the salary I could offer was appropriate for that.
Post # 11
For salary, I recommend trying the website called “Glassdoor”. You can search by company to obtain reviews about working there, interview reviews and tips, and salary ranges for certain positions. To sign up and gain access to all of their data, you just need to submit an anonymous salary or review of a company you have worked for. I am not sure how large these places are you are looking at so they may or may not have a page created with data in it, but I use this site for many interview tips and salary ranges.
Post # 12
mingogo4 : In several interviews I’ve done, most of the places do a phone interview and then an in person interview. And in the phone interview the person who is running the interview usually states the salary amount at first. It’s also to field out people who aren’t interestd or the salary is too low for them.
Post # 13
mingogo4 : If your job offer is pretty close geographically to where you currently are, a few days is appropriate. If it requires relocation, a week. I always try to negotiate my salary, so this can sometimes add a few days as well.
Post # 14
hunting_bride : What sense does this make though?
At my current company they have this problem. We’re currently interviewing for several different positions and HR refuses to disclose the potential salary range to anyone until they make their offer. They simply claim in the job listing that the salary is “competitive.” This has done nothing but waste everyone’s time (on both sides!). Every single offer they have made in the last few months has been turned down because the salary is too low. If we were just honest in the first place about salary, or if the interviewee had asked about it, they would’ve both known they were wasting each other’s time!
OP, every job I’ve ever applied for has a salary range posted in the job listing. If it doesn’t, I don’t apply. They also almost always ask what salary I’m expecting. I don’t have time to deal with that kind of secretive nonsense.
Post # 15
mingogo4 : I have a couple of friends that work in HR and they don’t mind being asked what the salary range is (if it is not posted in the job description) but they do not have the authority to actually make an offer, especially during the first interview, so they would not exactly know what you would be offered. In a general sense, if you are a new grad, expect the lowest of the range.
My friends generally give someone 48 hours, max 72 to decide on a job. So if you’re made the offer on a Friday (which they do a lot) then you’re expected to get back to them on Monday. If a person is relocating then they’re given a bit more time. An entire week to think about it is way too long.