Post # 1
So I just had a phone interview for a new job, and now they asked me to come in for an in-person interview. However, they just sent me the itinerary and its 3 hours long. I would have to take a half-day off work to come to this interivew. I currently have a job that I’m moderately happy with, but would like to be making more money. I have a vague idea of what they’ll pay, but its possible it won’t be more than what i’m currently making. If that’s the case, I don’t want to waste my time going on this interview. Would it be inappropriate to email the hiring manager back and ask for a more specific salary range before I come in?
Post # 2
They should have included salary details. I don’t see it would be innapropriate to know the salary before you interview for the job.
Post # 3
I’m also interested in this too. I *know* everyone says not to ask for salary before an interview which I think is a bunch of BS. Like it’s wrong to ask how much money you’re going to make? We don’t all have jobs for fun! I’ve wasted so much time on interviews just for them to tell me they pay less than what I already make. I think maybe since you don’t feel like you absolutely must get the job I would ask. It’s a risk but you just need to weigh the possiblity of wasting a half day off work vs risking getting the job.
Post # 5
It’s acceptable to ask. Explain that you want to establish expectations before going into the interview,and knowing the salary ahead of time would be helpful.
Post # 6
Thanks for the input! Any idea how I should word it? Since I’ve already agreed to an interview, I feel awkward backtracking and asking for salary info. What’s the best way to go about that? Is it better to call instead of email?
Post # 7
Totally fine with me. I work in the hiring aspect of HR. It’s better to know than to waste everyone’s time.
Post # 8
I would ask.
It drives me nuts that it isn’t customary to include salaries for ALL job listings. Like they make you chase down the job, only to find out you don’t want it.. It’s totally unreasonable to expect you to jump through all of those hoops without knowing what you’re jumping through hoops for.
Post # 9
wonderwedding : as long as it’s phrased well it’s fine to ask. I would say something like “I am very interested in this position, but given how time intensive the interview process is I would like to make sure that my salary requirements are in line with your expected offer for the chosen candidate. I would not want to waste your time if we weren’t in the same ballpark.”
As a hiring manager I once had a person with experience apply for an entry level job. I did a phone interview because she’d been out of the indusry for awhile and figured she might be open to a lower salary to reenter the workforce. I was wrong. She legit got MAD at me when I told her the salary range. She said “you expect to get someone like me for that price?” Nope. I didn’t. But you applied! I was glad we both saved the trouble of an in-person interview.
Post # 10
wonderwedding : I think it’s completely appropriate to ask for the salary prior to the interview. Especially if you are taking half a day of your time for this. Many hiring managers actually will call to do a prelim interview to see if the candidate is still interested after hearing the salary.
Post # 11
As a recruiter, I absolutely think it’s important to at least give the range to a potential interviewee. I don’t want to waste your time, and I don’t want you to waste mine. I’d ask! If they give you push back, I’d be suspicious.
Post # 12
wonderwedding : It is absolutely not inappropriate. You are right to question this. Time is money and you don’t work for free. Unless you’re a neuro surgeon or something like that you shouldnt have to miss 3 HRS of your life for something you’re not getting paid to do.
Good luck to you, definitely ask 100%!
Post # 13
Thanks again everyone! You guys are awesome and quick to answer!
Post # 14
As far as I’m concerned you should certainly be able to ask with no issues, however I will tell you that my friend was recently sitting in on interviews with her boss and he put everyone who asked about salary in the no pile, his reasoning that if they care about the salary that much they would be more likely to move on as soon as a better offer came. It’s 2018 I wish we could stop pretending that money isn’t the main reason we all work .
Post # 15
wonderwedding : I’ve also learned that certain jobs have much wider pay ranges than I originally thought when I entered my career. For example I’m a paralegal in Boston – I know some people that make in the $40k range and others that make six figures….all with similar education and experience. It’s crazy!