When they ask what salary you want in an interview…๐Ÿ˜”

posted 2 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I did the same thing in my interview for my current job and they offered me more than I even asked for because I was lower than the salary grade. A good employer will not undervalue you. 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Hey bee! First, take a deep breath! This isn’t a big mistake. I don’t think this is a reason to lowball you. I think they ask this question just to make sure you’re in the same range (for example, if your expected salary was $50k higher than what they could offer, they’d likely use that as an opportunity to tell you that they wouldn’t be able to give you what you want). I’d like to hope they wouldn’t use this as a chance to low ball you. If they had a higher salary in mind, they should still give it to you.

For the future, I recently got some good advice about answering this question! Apparently it’s good to respond with “what is the salary range for the position?” To put the ball back in their court. But hindsight is everything! I’m sure it’ll all turn out ok ๐Ÿ™‚ good luck!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - Holly Hedge Estate

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mgrd7531 :  I did this and i was so pissed at myself. I didn’t take the job and ended up interviewing with another company that I loved. I asked high…really high and they said they could probably find a way to make it work. 

Listen, you haven’t signed anything yet, so there is so much room for negotiations and asking for money. Go into the next interview with them thinking of it more as YOU are interviewing THEM to see if THEY are a good fit for YOU, as opposed to the other way around. Ever since I started going into interviews with that mindset, I find I am never nervous, I am always myself and also SO confident. Because I look at it as “I have so much to offer them, what do they have to offer me?” I think if you pull from that sort of confidence, you will have no problem asking for the salary that you deserve. 

 

Here’s how the interview went with my new company:

Jon: So what’s your ballpark figure?

Me: Well, I have to know what is included. Do you have a car allowance/reimbursement? EZ Pass? Bonus structure? 

Jon:Yes all that is included

(then someone walked in (we were in an informal room)and the 3 of us chatted for 5 minutes, then the person left).

Jon: Okay so back to the fun stuff, whats your ballpark?

Me: What do you think is a fair salary to pay someone with all of my experience?

Jon: (he smiled, laughed and said) You show me yours and I’ll show you mine.

Me: *laughs* *gave my real, higher than I ever thought number*

Jon: OKay I think we can make that work.

 

Post # 6
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Busy bee

I threw a figure out and I was told “I can’t afford you I have a small practice to run”…mind you she drove a Tesla and had a very large practice.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2015 - City, State

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mgrd7531 :  Idk, I think you have a right to be a little worried! Especially because you gave them a hard number and not even a range— which isn’t good. I know when I did phone interviews since they are basically just an initial screening I tried to evade the question and stay purposely vague. You don’t want to lead with that foot and lowball yourself or price yourself out without being able to really tell them about the value you would add in an in person in depth interview. And assuming you did your research, you’ll have an idea of what that position would pay anyway. I try to only talk numbers once I know they’re really interested in me.

Also  I think that’s giving the hiring people a little too much credit… they know that number now so what’s the incentive for them to go above and beyond that? Maybe I’m just a pessimist when it comes to job interviews!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2015 - City, State

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mgrd7531 :  This is what I’ve read is a good answer for when they first bring up a salary question. FWIW I’ve said this in both phone interviews and first rounds of interviews and it always seems to go over well…

”Well, what I am most interested in at this time is finding the right fit for me and somewhere where X (insert whatever you care about here) there is room for me to grow in my career. With that being said, I’m confident any offer I would receive from here would be competitive given my X (experience or skills or whatever you want to insert here).” And say it with an upbeat tone and a smile!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I low balled my current job. They asked, I answered honestly, and the interviewer laughed at me then said “yeah we can do that”. They then offered mesignificantly higher than what I asked for. (33% higher, actually)

Like a PP said, if they’re a good company they won’t undervalue you and will offer you what you’re worth.

Post # 12
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Helper bee

I have been asked this. With my first Job I was a new graduate and the number I said was about 7k less than the salary I got offered.  However, At my most recent job I am paid hourly and when they gave me the hourly rate, they very easily came up to my counter request for salary which was about $3/hr more (comes out to $6500 more per year). I said that’s what it would take to make it worth switching to a new job.  The other salary would have been fine but all it took was asking. It never hurts to ask! If they offer you what you requested you can always say you’ve thought it through and you were hoping to make “X” with the new position and it’s responsibilities. Good luck! 

Post # 13
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Busy bee

omg I HATE that question. I feel like no matter how you answer it, you’re in a tough spot! I really like some of the ideas PPs have had though–wish I had thought of them!

Best of luck to you! Hope you hear good news next week! 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I wouldn’t be too worried, as PPs mentioned, a good company won’t lowball you. My current employer offered me more than what I said I wanted in salary.

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