Answering What Salary Do You Expect

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The question: What salary do you expect?

What salary do you expect?. Usually asked at the end of the interview and often preceded by a question about your current remuneration, this question has something to destabilize. Should we be frank? What number to give? What should we avoid? Here are our tips for just aiming.

Here is no typical answer because each case is unique," says av expert. However, it's customary to give an annual range, generally between -10% and + 10% of the wage norm or the former salary, and always in gross. Many elements can also help you estimate this future salary:

- The salary specified in the ad when the information is given. For all that, don't take it as a definitive scale. As proof, 45% of young graduates would be recruited at a salary included in the range mentioned in the announcement, 42% below, 13% above.

- Your old salary. don't forget to include bonuses, participation or profit-sharing. "It must be a real pay package".

- The wages of your sector of activity. Find out through the internet, job ads, trade shows, forums, pay scales provided by the federations, or simply by talking to other professionals.

- Your skills. List each of your skills. Depending on these, you can better situate yourself in the salary grid of your sector. You can also argue during the interview by demonstrating their adequacy with those requested in the job offer. During the interview, you may be able to adjust your estimate depending on the details of the assignments and the level of responsibility that the recruiter will propose.

Answers to avoid

- Say nothing. Some candidates are reluctant to give their current salary, a risky attitude "The recruiter will deduce that no relationship of trust is possible." Indeed, during a job interview, confidentiality is the key word. Therefore, don't be embarrassed and speak frankly. Also, be aware that you can always negotiate for more if your profile interests the recruiter.

- Stay factual. Similarly, to the question "What salary do you expect? "Eude Le Gars advises not to answer by" And you, what do you propose to me? Because it would be considered a lack of assurance. Also banish expressions such as "Ah, I would like a little more than my current salary ..." or "You know, the buying power right now ...". "Wages are numbers, not words," he concludes.

- Play the trading game. Be that as it may, expect to have to negotiate later: few recruiters will accept your proposal from the start. Arm yourself with relevant arguments, up to a certain limit however: the employer also has a salary budget to respect and can not go beyond. All the art being to feel in which side is the ball, whether you are in a position of strength or not.

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