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Regularly, the salary question is one or sometimes both of the following questions; “What are you looking to make?” “What are you making now?”.  These questions are coming with different tasks. The question(s) might come up later as part of the screening process or will pop up later after you have answered a few of the behavioral, skill, and/or background questions. In some compliments, it’s a good thing when the salary topic comes into the interview discussion. It shows that there is some interest in having you come to work with that employer. Most job experts will say you have the most control in negotiating a salary after you have been offered a job, at that point the employer is certain they want you. However, avoid trying to negotiate immediately after receiving the offer and before getting additional details on the rest of the recompense package. You should take times to consider everything that is offered. Also, do the best to avoid conveying up salary or, if asked, giving specific figures during the job interview. You should use that time to find out more about the job and to determine whether you want to work for the employer or not.


Be mindful that openly stating your salary expectations too early in the interview process can lead to glitches.  Early on, the company in question is not sold on you just yet. They are still feeling you out and doing comparison shopping between you and the other candidates. You will have better control to negotiate later, so it serves you best to avoid naming a specific number too early. You may be attracted to sell yourself short to move and advancing in the process. While some industries will jump at the lowest offer, there are plenty of others out there that understand the marketplace and will afraid away from candidates that seem too eager to lower their standards to get the job. It may make them worry that you will lower your standards elsewhere as well. Also, do you want to work for a company that makes you feel as though they are only after the cheapest possible deal? Or do you want to work for a company that’s after the most qualified candidate for the job?  A high number can price you out of contention before even had a chance to brand a good impression. Low or high, if name a price that’s outside of their expectations, it can eliminate you from the running for the position. About going too low, it can also put you in a position where you cannot afford to take the job yet can’t manage to turn the job down. This is true for job applicants who offer low-end numbers out of desperation and in hopes of getting the job. This infrequently leads to a happy work condition.


Go through the job description and requirements. You cannot just be expected to negotiate equally if you don't know/have all the information you need. If you have any outstanding requests about what you will be expected to do, the results you will need to produce, and any other benefits or perks the employer offers, find the responses to those questions before you start the negotiations about how much you will get paid. If the salary you are presented falls short of what you had been waiting for, then don't overlook other benefits the employer may have offered. The resulting benefits could save you money and make up for what may seem like a salary loss: health, dental and life insurance, daycare benefits and telecommuting options.


Before you consider answering the question, it’s important to know the going rate for jobs in your field and in your job market. Be sure you did some background check to find out what’s going salary is for the type of job you are being presented or one with similar tasks. These are some places where you can find this type of information: These can be found at websites like Payscale.com, Glassdoor.com, Salary.com, government census stats, salary reports issued by various tech job search firms, National Association of Colleges and Employers, postings for similar jobs, and discussions with people who have a similar job. Do research on these websites to realize the marketplace salary range for the position, size of the company that you are interviewing with, location, and your understanding level. You will perhaps find some conflicting information and wide ranges in some places, but at least you will get an idea since if you look at a few sources. Your goal is to work out at a reasonable salary range that seems fair based on market value and your current or most recent salary. This way, if pressed, you can name a number that’s based on real facts and position it as the market range and not just what you need.


Before saying yes to a new employer, do the calculation to see whether higher out-of-pocket costs could be in your future and possibly impact your negotiations. Northwestern Mutual guide stated that for a job changer, a 2015 Employee Benefit Research Institute survey found that 40% of people would give up a wage increase just to maintain their existing health coverage. Most companies might suggestion to lower your medical insurance premium if you agree to take a health-risk assessment. Remain well-mannered and positive in your negotiations about the salary. Even if you're excited about the job but upset by the initial offer, don't express your disgust to the employer and sound off about how much more you are worth. Focus instead on cooperating to the employer how interested you are in the job, and how much you know you can contribute to the company, and then mention that that are certain zones you would like to discuss before coming to final salary agreement. Once you thought and have come up with a commonly suitable salary, make sure the employer gives you a written copy of the job offer, stating the job description, prospects, other important details, and the salary. Most importance doesn’t try to go back and negotiate for more after you already accepted the offer, as you will have little control at that point. Do all your negotiating work before saying “yes” to the employer.