- 5 years ago
I’ve gone on to rounds 2 and 3 of interviews for an internal position, and pay had never been mentioned. I can’t think of a tactful way of bringing it up (plus talking about money makes me really uncomfortable) so I haven’t said anything.
The day after my 3rd interview, the manager of the position asked what I was making and what my salary expectations were. To be honest, I had absolutely no idea how much to ask for. The title of this new position is much better than my current one, and most people go into it with more experience (and from higher positions), so it’s a mid to senior level job, while I’ve been working at more or less an entry-level for the past 2+ years.
How would you answer that dreaded question?
SO and my aunt (who hires and manages lots of people) told me not to state a specific figure but ask for whatever is “reasonable” for a candidate with my skill level. My brother told me to ask for a pretty high number (to me but standard number for someone of this title, which is Consultant), and my mother suggested that I ask for a slightly lower figure than what my brother said.
I ended up being honest. I said that I was making X, which is the same as when I started with the firm over 2 years ago. Because of consistently excellent reviews due to exemplary performance, we started discussing revising my salary to X. (My bosses have confirmed that they’re going to give me a raise but haven’t said how much and have delayed the decision for months…of course, I didn’t mention this in my letter to the prospective new manager).
To be honest, I said, I don’t have a hard and fast figure for my salary expectation as I don’t know what the official position level is for this job (in my firm, there are salary ranges for each level, and they are not listed in job postings) and I asked him what the PL is. I also added that I hope for my comp to be appropriate for a multilingual candidate such as myself, who can have no problem serving French-speakers (which is a huge void they’d like to fill for this position, and bilingual candidates typically earn more in Canada than those who do the same job but don’t speak French).
How would you have gone about answering this question?
ETA: I did a search online for similar positions and they really vary, even just in my industry – like anywhere from 45K-120K! – so that wasn’t helpful at all.