Should I ask about salary at my interview? – much as salary
Nothing divides interview opinion quite as much as salary…
aside from being a great way to ensure a role is right for you, finding
out how much is on offer could actually help save everyone’s time in
the long run – especially if it turns out it’s not in line with your
To make sure you know exactly when (and how) to ask about salary at your interview, here are a few of our top tips:
Use the interview as a guide
First thing’s first: there are no set rules on talking about salary within an interview.
It’s all about gauging the situation, and approaching the subject with caution.
make sure you don’t bring it up at a time when it won’t be
well-received, use aspects like the interviewer’s approach, and the
intensity of the questions you’re being asked, to figure out whether
money is a good topic of conversation.
example, if there is a second interview as part of the hiring process,
bringing up salary might be a better fit at this stage. But if
proceedings have been particularly informal, or if it’s clear there
aren’t any other interviews to attend, discussing money is perfectly
using your questions at the end of an interview to bring up salary
isn’t uncommon, and is the most effective way to introduce the subject
politely – providing it’s not the only thing you ask about…
Pick the right moment
probably goes without saying that asking how much money you could get
is off limits within the first few minutes (see also: seconds) of your
only could it indicate you’re more interested in the money than you are
in the actual job, it could also imply that you don’t have much to
offer in terms of skills and experience.
before you start to think about how much you’re making, make sure you
cover all the other interview bases first. Whether it’s selling your
skills, demonstrating your experience, or just concentrating on each
individual question that comes up, make sure you get the basics sorted
before thinking about figures.
After all, nobody likes a gold digger (thanks Kanye).
Get your expectations sorted
you bring up the M word, it’s important that you have salary
expectations in mind – ones that represent the company and role
make sure you go into the interview armed with as much knowledge as
possible, it’s absolutely vital to research potential salary brackets
beforehand, with the role and organisation in mind. Salary checkers are a
great place to start, but you could also try checking similar positions
in your area, which should give you a good idea.
Once you’re in the know about what they’re likely to offer, you’ll be able to come up with realistic salary expectations.
Not only does this ensure you’re both on the same page in the interview, it also safely avoids any awkward silences…
Be prepared for them to make the first move
Sometimes, an employer might come out and ask for your expectations before you bring it up yourself.
being asked obviously allows you the opportunity to discuss money more
freely, it’s always best to maintain a sense of diplomacy with your
overstating the amount you’re looking for, drawing attention to your
interest in the position itself, or explaining that you need to know
more before answering, are all good strategies here. Especially as
they’ll help you from falling into the ‘I’m flexible’ trap, which could
mean you end up receiving a lower offer than you’re looking for.
However, it’s also the perfect opportunity to politely ask the employer about the range they have in mind.
N.B. lying about your current earnings is never a good idea.
Concentrate on showing your own value
Finally, succeeding in an interview often comes down to knowing your worth.
before anything money related comes up, you should’ve taken the time to
explain your suitability and passion for the role you’re interviewing
for. That way, salary will be representative of your skills and
experience, and the employer will be able to accurately assess if the
amount they have in mind matches up.
you’re not sure their offer is enough for you, present your reasoning
assertively, and don’t be afraid to negotiate – as long as you have the
grounds to back it.
Remember: confidence is key.
How To Answer The 5 most common interview questions
every interview you attend will take its own unique direction, you can
often predict the type of questions you’ll be asked. For that reason,
it’s a great idea to prepare yourself beforehand by thinking about how
to answer some common interview questions.
preparation is key to your success – so we’ve put together some sample
job interview questions to help you formulate the best types of
responses (though obviously, you’ll tailor your answers based on your
own particular skills and experiences).
is our pick of five of the most common interview questions, some tips
on how to answer them, and some suggested openers to help you in your