You prepare yourself well before a job interview but yet when the most important yet awkward question “What is your salary expectation,” pops up, you become jittery and end up not answering aptly.
We need to give a befitting reply, where the recruiter should not take you for granted nor should you oversell yourself. You work towards getting a good job that suits your requirement, sometimes you are selected and another time, you do not want to work with a particular firm.
When you finally find a suitable match for your requirement, you do not know how to answer the most important question, the remuneration. We have got you covered, below are some crucial steps to do before embarking on the interview journey.
Understand your worth by doing some research
It is welcoming to recruiters if you are prepared by doing your homework thoroughly. Robert Half, the HR consulting firm recommends, “Check out reputable sources, such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for federal data on wages in your industry. Also, review the 2022 Salary Guide From Robert Half to get the average national salary for the position you’re seeking.”
Prepare yourself for the question on salary
Once you have done enough research and understand what you are worth, train yourself into answering in a very diplomatic way. You can ask for more information before giving the answer, which is ok for a beginner. But it is important to discuss the salary before taking up the position as you can be assured that your salary expectation is met.
Be comfortable in giving your expected number
The recruiter will certainly give a lower number so you have to make sure to give a reasonable range but a higher number.
Rosie McCarthy who is a Career Coach shares the following post on Instagram, “Before I can discuss salary in detail, I’d need to have a better understanding of the exact role scope and level of responsibility, as well as what the global package entails. Can you share the range for the role and I’ll let you know if it’s about what I had in mind?” Hopefully, they will engage with your inquiry and not say, “I just need a number.” (Speaking from personal experience.) If they won’t play ball, or if you’d like to take a different tack, see below.”
State the number
By the end of the interview, after stating the range, you feel that you have quoted a less number, state that you are thrilled to work with them and go through the responsibilities you will be taking over.
And then state the responsibilities and the experience deserve a fair amount of salary. You do not have to worry that they may not consider you for the job because of the negotiation, remember they have invested time and resources in interviewing you.
But make sure to do enough research and be confident to get what you deserve and now you are set to crack the interview with the salary that you are looking for. Best of luck!