(Closed) Is There a Proper Way to Ask Salary Prior To Interview?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m wondering if he could ask for costs to come to the interview.  I wouldn’t ask about salary.

 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I know its tempting, but I wouldnt ask.  I would want them to think for as long as possible that he wants the job for the job and that the salary, while they know is important, isnt going to be the driving factor in accepting the job.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

That’s what negotiating is for.  I can’t imagine they wouldn’t at least match his currect salary if the job is in the dame field.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think that asking for salary before an interview is a deal breaker but considering the distance interview it is perfectly reasonable to ask for travel and hotel expenses to be paid by the interviewing firm. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Did he have to submit his salary history beforehand? If he did, it is highly unlikely they would offer him a position that is the same or lower than what he’s making assuming they actually want him to join their company.

In addition, did he apply to this company or did they recruit him (e.g. via LinkedIn)? If they recruited, I think there’s a good chance that they will offer him more than what he’s making right now unless the cost-of-living is signficantly lower in the new city. In addition, I do not agree with asking for travel expenses because companies that habitually cover these things will have offered. For example, I’m in Southern California and I had a friend apply for positions in Las Vegas. Some of the employers offered to cover her room, airfare and board during the interview period because she was a strong candidate. IMO, upon agreeing to come to the interview, you essentially agree to the travel expenses as well. I’ve had other friends apply for positions in another state/city (that’s a significant distance away) and they all covered their own expenses.

It’s a toss up as to whether he could ask for a salary range prior to the interview although it’s generally accepted that it should be within the parameters of an existing call. In other words, he shouldn’t call them just to ask for a salary range. I did a quick Google search and most recruiters/hiring managers/higher level managers seem to be split on the issue. With this in mind, I’m inclined to say that he shouldn’t ask prior to the interview and wait until negotiations to negotiate for an attractive, competitive offer.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

It’s generally not a good idea; however, my hubby’s had 2 job interviews this year and both times they asked him his salary requirements.  I would suggest doing some research regarding salary in relation to the position and city he would be working in.  Sucks that we can’t be more open about these things, especially when one has to take time off and spend money just for an interview.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

He may have already tried this, but he might be able to get some ballpark estimates at someplace like glassdoor.com, for jobs similar to the one he applying for at that particular company. Good luck!

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