In an interview it might seem like a casual request, but it’s one of the most important questions to be prepared for!
Talking about compensation can get stressful, so first you should do your research to understand a typical salary for the role, company, and market. If you decide to give a number, provide a range and be flexible. Salary is usually negotiable.
So, we advise delaying providing an amount, and requesting the company to provide an amount first. (“Well, I’ve done my research, but I could use some insight from you. What salary range does this position and seniority usually offer in this city?”)
Salary depends on a lot of variables, including the location and the person. In some places it’s illegal to ask about salary history (California) so find a way to tactfully reply if asked in this circumstance.
Once the offer is made, you can (and really should) consider asking for more. According to MIT, there’s a racial bias in salary offers, and according to staffing firm Randstad, 60% of women have never negotiated their salary. Don’t leave money on the table!
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