(Closed) Applying for a job…how would you handle this?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 2
917 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I usually put “open to discussion” but I’m not sure if that’s the technically correct thing to do or not. 

Post # 3
5273 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Damn! That is some specific history they are asking!

It only allow you to enter numbers not letters so I don’t know if you can write in “unknown at this time” or something like that. So if you are only allowed to enter numbers I would just rough estimate it or put something generic like $100 (although clearly it would be more than this, I would use it as a basis) and they will get the clue when all questions are marked with the same number, that you probably just couldn’t remember. 

Post # 5
577 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015


Dude they’re figuring out how much they have to pay you/give you benefits. Research what’s considered reasonable for the field/how much you want, and pretty much put that. Don’t make it so high that they’d refuse to match it to give you the job but don’t go so low that they can underpay you.

Compensation is based on past compensation, which at most levels can’t or won’t be verified. If you’re struggling with these questions you’re probably not applying for a senior executive role, so just pretend they’re asking you what you what, because this is where the negotiation starts.

Post # 7
2909 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

How far along in the process are you? I usually work that out with HR, and work with them on what to put. 

I’ve interviewed for jobs where my salary history would have screened me out, but I was interested enough in the role and the team to make it work financially. 

However, I’ve also interviewed for jobs where the budget just isn’t rational for the role, and my salary history would have saved us both time. 

That said, I’ve always been one to be pretty aggressive in negotiations, so ymmv.

Post # 10
3830 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

jpalm13:  that’s a very specific breakdown. sheesh!

Post # 11
926 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Do you have old paystubs? Most of that information would be there. Honestly, it sounds more like they are taking a survey of what other companies are offering in benefits. I wouldn’t answer any question but the salary one. 

Post # 12
1236 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

If it’s a freeform text field, I’d put a large range for your salary (60-75k or something), and for the other fields,  blank or put an X there.  I wouldn’t feel comfortable getting more specific until further in to the hiring process.  I’d only answer those questions at this point if I desperately needed the job and was very worried about being disqualified.         

Post # 13
3341 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

I would put my annual salary and then leave the rest blank or write “open to discussion” like that PP suggested.  That’s just way too much info for an application.

Post # 14
2909 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

jpalm13: Do you know anyone there? Can you ask them about that? I’ve once put off filling out the HR questionaire until after the final interview loop. Usually they get me to fill it out immediately before. 

As a hiring manager, I like knowing salary expectations up front, but that’s because I am severely under resourced. As a candidate, HM’s that are transparent about headcount budget are much easier to work with — they typically have the resources needed to be successful. 

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