The “What’s Your Salary Expectation?” Question

The “What’s Your Salary Expectation?” Question was originally published on College Recruiter.

Marshall Loeb mentions in his article that the best way to deal with this issue in an application is to “not answer the question.” Instead, he suggests three options:

  • mention that you expect the “fair market value;”
  • mention that your salary is “negotiable,” or
  • mention a “salary range.”

The salary expectation question is often used by employers to screen out candidates and it is sometimes better to avoid it, unless you are sure you will not work below a certain threshold. Also, mentioning a salary range early on in the application process will make it harder to renegotiate later.
Dancing Around the Salary-Expectation Question, MarketWatch
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