(Closed) Would you ask salary?

posted 8 years ago in Married Life
Post # 3
1664 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I understand where you are coming from, but I still don’t think you can ask.

Post # 4
6892 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Okay, honest thought is that this is a known faux pas. I even remember learning about it in my senior seminar in college. However, we all know life sometimes dictates our decisions for us. I would just go in for the interview if it’s something you think you might get/want to do. Salary cuts suck, but so do long commutes. For me, I’d take a small salary cut for a shorter commute.

I also understand that you can’t keep taking off from your current job, but if it’s important to you then it becomes a necessary evil.

Only other option I can think of: I know this may sound weird, but could you get your Fiance or someone to call up there and inquire about the new position (sans a name) and get a salary ballpark? It doesn’t matter if some random person appears rude, right? Ha.

Post # 5
4480 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

I don’t know what field you’re in, but would it be appropriate to ask for an initial phone interview and they can call you in if it sounds like a fit? That can be a good time to talk about salary…

If that’s not an option, I’d just start laying the groundwork at your job about some dental work you’re going to need coming up. 😉 If you’re really so far from the office, they’ll understand why you’re in late if you’re having stuff done on your teeth?

Post # 7
2066 posts
Buzzing bee

Generally HR will not interview you if they think you are way over qualified or you’d expect a salary higher than the position pays – because it wastes their time too. 

When you talk to them, ask some probing questions to figure out if the position is entry level or not.  That way you can figure out if its worth it to interview or not. 

Good luck!!

Post # 8
659 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Never ask – you can always turn a job down.  I am also the type of person that would take a minor pay cut for a better commute – think of how much money you save in commuting charges (and how much time you get back to take back things you might have had to delegate) for a few dollars a month. That might just be me, though. 

FH got a job after the contract on his other moved to another state and it paid less, but now he commutes by bike, gets instant 401(k) vesting, gets periodic reviews (good for raises!) and they’re a good company for reservists (keep your time in for bonuses/promotions counting even when you’re deployed) To him that was worth the minor difference every month – instant matching and vesting is free money!

Post # 9
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think it’s perfectly fine to ask about salary expectations. I’ve interviewed candidates, and notice that women tend not to, while men do.

Depending on your job, salary is also negotiable! If they want you, they’ll make it work. Women in general, myself included, tend to shy away from negotiation, and it definitely works against us.

Good luck!

Post # 10
87 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I work in HR and yes you can ask! At my old company I always asked candidates what they are looking for in the initial phone screen because my old company was a non profit and didn’t pay well- I didn’t want to waste theirs and my time!


HR people can be hesitant to discuss salary on the phone- if they won’t divulge numbers you can always give them the range you are looking for and ask if they are in that range.

HR understands people have different salary requirements. Just be super polite and sound interested in the job and its ok. We get it all the time.

Post # 11
7173 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I think that’s perfectly acceptable to do.  

Post # 12
1560 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I 100% agree with Leeluu, I work in HR and they probably don’t have a set number they are going to offer you but a range they can give you. Generally it’s not posted just because it can change so much between people with different qualifications and someone with a bachelors degree will get x amount, but then an applicant with a masters degree would receive an offer with xx amount but if you list it online everyone will just see the largest # 🙂 Go for it and ask, they should understand! 

Good luck! I can’t even fathom the commute you have to deal with, eek! 🙁

Post # 13
333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Definitely as for the salary range.  Also remember the amount of $$ you would save by not commuting as far.  

Post # 14
642 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I think it is ok to ask for a salary range, people ask me all the time, if they don’t I tell them what it is so they aren’t surprised later. I’m in non-profit too and maybe that’s just the norm for us as we generally, not always, seem to offer lower salaries. 

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