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If The Interviewer Asks Me; "What Is Your Salary Expectation?", What Should Be My Answer?

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Anish Chandy Profile
Anish Chandy answered
Whenever you are in an interview you will invariably be asked a question about your salary expectations. This question should be tackled purely on the basis of your current position and where you want to go.

You must also analyze the market and the specific job that you are applying to. Companies generally have a lower range and upper range for any position. This is information that you need to have before you enter the interviewing room. If you are sure that you are going to apply for a particular position then you could start of by quoting at the higher range for that post.

If you are unsure of the position that you are going to be offered then it will get pretty tricky. You could go half-way by saying that you would like to be paid the amount that someone with this kind of expeirence deserves to be paid.
Evan Stanley Profile
Evan Stanley answered
DO research to find out what the lowest and highest salary that the company offers, depending on the job, and when they ask you say a salary just a little more than the median of the company salary.
Shane Hanley Profile
Shane Hanley answered
As much as possible. Reach for the stars! Ask him what he is on and up your own by ten percent
Evan Stanley Profile
Evan Stanley answered
Unless applying for Law firm or something that mostly rich people work at, then a good answer would be like a middle class salary( say anywhere from 30,000-55,000 Rs)
Rachel Sharp Profile
Rachel Sharp answered
This is a very tricky question indeed. If possible, you might want to try to put off the question to if and when you are offered the job. It could be argued that prospective employees are at a disadvantage when they are asked this question during an interview. Knowing that the employer may decide whether or not to hire you based on your answer puts you in a difficult position.

Nevertheless, it is a standard question at interviews and if a gentle deferment does not work, it's best that you be upfront. Name a salary that is reasonable and fair, and suits you. To give yourself a bit of leverage, you could mention a salary range and say that you would hope to iron out the details later. Unless you are extremely confident and don't care whether or not you get the job, it's best not to name a salary that is extremely high. Employers won't take you seriously unless they feel you are meeting them halfway. At the same time, a salary that shows you value your work can work in your favour.
Mark Westbrook Profile
Mark Westbrook answered
This is tricky, but by asking the right question, you've on track to the right answer already. Being prepared for that type of question is the first step. What salary are you on now? Do you require the same salary in you next job? Is the job more or less responsibility. If it is the same, state that you would require your currently salary or better.

When changing jobs it is often important to research the company and the type of job you will be doing. The job description should be something that you can compare to your current experience.

But what if you've never had a job, again research, research, research, is the answer! Find other jobs on the web that are similar to the one that you are applying for and roughly gauge what the salary range is.

The employer knows this is difficult question, being forewarned and forearmed, you will be able to clearly and calmly deal with it and they will admire your professionalism and honesty.

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