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Once again, I found myself surprised by an interview question on my expected salary. Previously, for Job # 1 and Job # 2, I just obstinately refused to answer, letting the potential employers give their offers first. I've had reasons, because Job # 1 was my first job and I had no idea, and for job # 2, I've moved to Pennsylvania, where everyone greeted me with "of course you won't get the same salary here, as you had in California…" This time I've asked to let me think it over and get back by the end of the day, which I did, after some research using the ASCE salary calculator.
How do you see this question? Do you feel put on the spot when a potential employer asks the question, without first revealing anything about their own salary expectations? Sometimes the number actually comes up as a mandatory field in the online questionnaire for job application, before you've even had a chance to discuss the job. Or is this actually an opportunity to take charge?
Very good idea to insist on their range of salaries for this position! This levels the playing field.For the online forms, I usually put in 0.00 with a comment below if possible. Maybe 0s also get screened out, who knows...