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How to answer: What is your salary expectation?


What is the first thing that comes to mind when you are asked:  What is your salary expectation? A number or a figure that’s on your mind from the moment you got an interview call. Our advice, don’t blurt it out. Do not make the mistake of quoting a number without understanding what the interviewer has in mind.

The finest approach to answer the question of salary in an interview is never to be direct or specific. The idea behind this tactic is to gather as much information as possible about the job responsibilities and the benefits that are attached to it before you jump into the negotiation dance. Be diplomatic in your answer and try to throw the ball into the interviewer’s court. You should always try to find out more about the job, what it entails, and what number or salary range the interviewer could offer for this position.

But the truth is no matter what experts say; to take things forward, you have to share your salary expectations with the interviewer. And here’s how you should do it if an interviewer insists on a number, which most recruiters generally do.

First of all do not offer a direct answer. There are ways to get around this question. For example: My salary expectations are in line with my experience and qualifications or if this is the right job for me, I am sure we can come to an agreement on salary.  Moreover, you may ask for time to understand or learn more about the job first. You may then check various salary tools like Monster Salary Index that provide an indicative salary for a function or position on the basis of years of experience. The Monster Salary Index offers you comprehensive information to evaluate what you’re worth in the job market.

The next best answer is to give a salary range. This could be the maximum compensation you think a company can pay for this position and the minimum salary you think you can settle for. The other way of deciding a range could be based on your current salary and what people in the position you have applied for could be earning.