Is it okay to ask salary range before interview?

posted 8 months ago in Career
Post # 2
585 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2020 - Summer Camp!

I don’t think so. Unfortunately, your best bet is looking at Glassdoor and hoping for the best. 

Post # 3
224 posts
Helper bee

When they call you for an interview, you can ask.   However, be prepared for some companies not to tell you as they want you to name a salary in case you low ball yourself.    If they decline, it would be up to you to decide if you want the interview.


Also, whoever you are going to interview with will be told you asked for the range.    Some hiring managers will think this is great and and some will think its a deterrant.

Post # 4
351 posts
Helper bee

It is fair to vet salary expectations before committing to an in-person interview. You can ask for the range, but be prepared for the recruiter to say ‘what range a who’s looking for’, or ‘what is your current salary?’ and then confirming whether or not they can meet the range. 

Do not set the bar too low, and be aware that, should you be offered the position, they will likely start negotiations near your bottom range.

Post # 5
395 posts
Helper bee

Instead of asking, going in with you want. Say you want 45K. Ask if it’s in the 45-50K range, because that’s what you’re seeking. They should be able to say yes or give you another range. 

Most companies don’t want to waste their time on an interview if the person won’t say yes.

I worked for a recruiting firm as an assistant. 

Post # 6
6435 posts
Bee Keeper

alexaj12 :  Absolutely ask for a range.  I always assume when they give me a range, to go low in case it’s not as high as I would hope.

Actually at my company it’s unsual for someone to not reveal a salary range as ours are done in grades, like Grade 1, 2, 3 and so on.  Higher the grade, higher the range.  In fact several times that I’ve interviewed the recruiter has called me prior to give the range and see if I’m still interested or not.

Post # 7
2822 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I’m a recruiter and always go over the range when I speak with candidates prior to sending then in for the in person interview.

i hate it when candidates ask about salary right off the bat but if they bring it up later in the convo before I happen to bring it up it’s fine.

I hate wasting peoples time, it makes no sense to bring someone in who’s looking for $100k if we’re only offering $50k, although most times skill set/experience can set those people apart but some people have unrealistically high expectations. 

So, if a recruiter doesn’t bring it up on the phone interview I would just ask, or let them know what you’re looking for. A lot of times you might be speaking with a third party recruiter and they may not even care if you ask, they just want to get the interview scheduled…

alexaj12 :  

Post # 8
1586 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

Yes, as long as you’re asking the HR / recruiting person. They should be vetting candidates in the salary range before the interview. Either by you asking or by you telling what you are seeking. 

Post # 9
2251 posts
Buzzing bee

alexaj12 :  I would advise against this. Although I always provide the base salary (never the whole range, that’d be opening up a *huge* can-o-worms…) prior to initiating the remainder of the interview, I can absolutely mention that the people who start asking about employment benefits, health insurance, and PTO before I even start asking questions almost always puts me off. 

Yes, you absolutely should have an understanding of the benefits before accepting a job, but your negotiating power doesn’t start until you’ve got an offer on the table. Unfortunately, asking those sorts of questions prior to even attending the interview (compensation included) may come across as tacky and crass. It may show your interviewer that you don’t have the professional judgement to know when it’s appropriate to ask certain questions or say certain things that may be offputting. Having to take time off is just one of the costs associated with job hunting. That’s not the new company’s problem. 

By no means am I saying you’ve got bad judgement, I’m just providing why asking those sorts of questions early on in the hiring process can come across as, well, problematic. Now, when you go in there and kill that fucking interview (which you 100% will), make sure you prove to them why you’re worth more than their minimum. Best wishes on your job hunt, bee!! 


ETA: I also realize that not all companies are straightforward in providing the salary they’ll be willing to offer. In that case, I suggest googling your profession’s average salary based upon years in the job and give them an amount near that as your minimum acceptable, should they ask. I think it’s very shady, though, when companies aren’t transparent about what they’re willing to offer upfront. 

Post # 11
564 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I work in recruitment and it’s really common for people to ask, and i don’t mind them asking. I think if you ask though have a couple of other non-salary related questions as well. 

Post # 12
2251 posts
Buzzing bee

alexaj12 :  if it’s any consolation, your tenure with one company for 7 years looks great! when’s your interview? it always excites me when people have job interviews—I’m rooting for you, bee!! and I hope the job comes with a salary that exceeds your expectations 🙂

Post # 15
2028 posts
Buzzing bee

You can definitely ask towards the end of your initial call, but I would wait until the interview, and ask towards the end/at the end. Even if it’s not an acceptable range, you will get valuable practice interviewing.

Post # 16
2196 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

alexaj12 :  I’d say it all depends on the company. I’m a director at the company I work at gave have a large hand in the hiring process. I never mind when someone asks but I always say that it is HR, finance, and recruitment who handles salary calculation so I couldn’t say exactly.

It’s difficult to give a range because our HR uses their resume to put in an algorithm to calculate the salary. but when they ask I’m not bothered I just can’t give a solid answer. 

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