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The Do's and Don'ts of Discussing Salary in an Interview



When it comes to discussing salary in a job interview, there are some things you should do—and some you shouldn’t. Knowing how to approach the subject can help ensure that both parties walk away feeling satisfied with the outcome. For those unfamiliar with the process, let’s take a look at what you need to know when it comes to navigating salary expectations in a job interview.


Do Your Research

Before even setting foot in an interview room, you should have done your research about salaries for the position you’re interviewing for. Take into consideration what other companies are offering similar positions, as well as factors such as cost of living and industry standards. Doing this will give you an idea of where the employer is likely to start their offer. You can also use this information to inform your own negotiation strategy.


Don't Make It The First Thing You Talk About

Money may be important but it isn’t always wise to bring up salary expectations right away. Some employers may view this as presumptuous or pushy, which could jeopardize your chances of being hired for the position altogether. Instead, focus on demonstrating why you're the best candidate for the job first - then you can open up a dialogue about money once they've seen how well-suited you are for the role.


Be Prepared To Negotiate

Sometimes employers will meet your expectations without any prodding from you - but don't count on it! Be prepared ahead of time with counter offers if needed and practice negotiating tactics that demonstrate confidence without coming across as too aggressive or demanding. This also applies after a verbal offer has been made; don’t hesitate to negotiate further if need be—just make sure not to be too pushy or unreasonable in your requests!


Navigating salary expectations can be tricky – but understanding the ins and outs before going into an interview is key! Doing your research and demonstrating why you're suited for the job are essential steps toward getting what you want out of a negotiation process. By following these guidelines and keeping a level head during negotiations, both parties can walk away feeling satisfied with their decisions! Good luck!


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