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How to answer the “What’s your expected salary?” job interview question

Have you ever sat for a job interview and they ask you how much money you are expecting? You don’t know what to say since this is a trick question. If you ask for a lot of money they might choose someone else over you, if you ask for less they might be underpaying you.

So really, how do you answer this question “What’s Your Expected Salary?”

Step 1: Know your worth

First up, research the company. Before you walk into that interview room, hit the internet to find out the average salary for your role. Websites like Glassdoor, PayScale, and LinkedIn Salary are very useful to find this information. You can also ask around for people who have the same role and ask for their advice.

Once you know the average salary for the role, suggest a range. Highest to lowest.

Step 2: Aim higher, but keep it realistic

When you shoot your salary shot, aim a bit higher than the average you found. This isn’t just about being optimistic; it’s about giving yourself some wiggle room. You aim higher and of course, they will try to negotiate, once they are negotiating you will know how much they have in mind.

Step 3: Dodge like you’re in a dodgeball game

If the question pops up early in the interview, dodge it like you’re in the final round of a dodgeball game. You can say something like, “I’m more interested in finding a role that’s a good fit for my skills and interests. I’m sure we can discuss salary once we determine if I’m the right match for this position.” Smooth, right?

Step 4: Flip the script

Are you feeling bold? Flip the question on them. Ask what salary range they typically pay for someone with your skills and experience. It’s like asking someone where they want to go for dinner because you can’t decide – it puts the ball in their court.

Step 5: Be ready to talk numbers

When it’s finally time to talk numbers, keep your cool. This is where you negotiate. Start with your researched high number and be prepared to explain why you’re worth it. Highlight your skills, experiences, and the unique flair you bring to the table.

Step 6: Consider the full package

Salary is just one part of your compensation. Don’t forget to consider other benefits like health insurance, vacation time, and remote work options

Final move: Confidence is key

The most important thing? Confidence. Walk into that salary discussion like you’re walking onto the stage at your favorite concert. You’ve got this. And remember, the worst they can say is no, but they can also say yes. So, go ahead and ask for what you deserve.

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