When you go into a room for an interview, you can reasonably anticipate being asked, “How much salary do you expect” Any given position will likely have an average rate of compensation. Depending on the company you’re applying to, the hiring manager may expect to compensate you below, at or above average. The interviewer wants to know how you value yourself and if you are likely to accept an offer within the business’ rate of compensation. It can be easy to give a self-defeating reply if you don’t answer carefully, so keep these tips in mind when constructing your response.
Points to Emphasize
Before you step into the interview room, do your research. For instance if you’re applying for a teaching position, what does a teacher with your experience and specialty typically make in the region
- Provide a range from $X to $Z.
- Draw attention to your experience or expertise to justify your quote.
- Voice any flexibility in your salary requirements.
- Let the interviewer know that you have done research and know what is reasonable.
Always be positive in your responses and assure the interviewer about your interest in that particular position.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
The salary question is often the most difficult inquiry to answer. You don’t know what the hiring manager is authorized to offer and you don’t want to over or underbid yourself.
- Do not quote a salary level that will not cover your cost of living in the area.
- Avoid outright giving a definite number or range if you can.
- Be careful to not be timid or nervous with your answer.
- Should you avoid an explicit quote, do not be overly evasive.
Remember, you want to convince the interviewer that you are a good fit, but you also want to make sure that this company is the best option for you. Thus, be completely honest in what you expect.
Here are two examples of answers to the salary question:
In this area, my research indicates that this position generally warrants a pay range of $A to $C. With 7 years of field experience, I would like to be compensated within the range of $B to $C.
I expect to be compensated fairly, but I am willing to be flexible on salary. If I’m a preferred candidate for the position, I’m sure we can reach an agreeable figure. What is the company’s budgeted range for the position’s salary
For this question, be truthful, but try to avoid getting too specific. Being a good candidate is about more than your salary.