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    What are your salary requirements?

    When interviewing for a job and this question is asked in an email or in person, how do you respond?

    You shoot high, you probably won't get it.
    You shoot low, they might take you and under pay you.

    How can get to where you want to be and the employer is also satisfied?



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    Re: What are your salary requirements?

    "i'm not really concerned about my specific salary right now. if i'm lucky enough to be offered the position I'm sure we can work out the details at that time."



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    Re: What are your salary requirements?

    I have said it's negotiable. I throw a figure at them, usually high but at least when you tell them is negotiable, you don't ruin yourself one way or the other.



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    Re: What are your salary requirements?

    Ask them what the salary range is and see if they'll throw out some figures and go from there.



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    Re: What are your salary requirements?

    I went high. I figured if they wanted me they would do it. Also, I didn't just negotiate on salary. I negotiated on vacation, signing bonus, things like that as well.


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    Re: What are your salary requirements?

    Well, depends are you coming out of school looking for a job or current in your career path looking for a new job with better pay? Its a very different conversation.

    Since I am currently with a firm in my field for the past 9 years, I would respond like this....."I would need $X dollar range, with some type of defined bonus / equity % of the firm."

    If I was coming out of school.....#1 - do your research for the average salary range for the job you are applying for.

    "What are your salary ranges for the position that I am applying for at your firm? I know the national averages and I would expect some comparable to those numbers."



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    Re: What are your salary requirements?

    Quote Originally Posted by yaman3 View Post
    I went high. I figured if they wanted me they would do it. Also, I didn't just negotiate on salary. I negotiated on vacation, signing bonus, things like that as well.
    All things that need to be accounted for when decided where to work. 401(k) is another big one. I've never had to answer the question - nobody asked when I came out of college. Of course, I lucked out and got out when companies were throwing money at you, everybody had multiple offers, etc.



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    Re: What are your salary requirements?

    I'm not concerned about the salary right now as I believe this company, as a good and respectable company, will give me a fair compensation if it decides to extend an offer to me



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    Re: What are your salary requirements?

    Research what the job pays in a similar market to yours. Working in DSM, I was offered a salary that was 20% lower than the average for my field, but I don't have to live in a city where the cost of living is double...

    If the job averages 50k, and you are applying for a job in Chicago, shoot for the 50k. If it averages 50k and you are applying for a job in Cedar Rapids, shoot for $40-45k, IMO.



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    Re: What are your salary requirements?

    A little more information...

    I got out of my 2nd interview at 10AM and 1 hours later, they company sent me and email asking about when I could start and what my salary requirements were. He said they were just starting the 2nd round of interviews. Am I the only one?

    Then at the end of the email he said..

    "These two responses will help me with the
    conditional offer of employment I would like to send you."

    Is that an offer or not?



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    Re: What are your salary requirements?

    Quote Originally Posted by cycloneSOULja View Post
    Research what the job pays in a similar market to yours. Working in DSM, I was offered a salary that was 20% lower than the average for my field, but I don't have to live in a city where the cost of living is double...

    If the job averages 50k, and you are applying for a job in Chicago, shoot for the 50k. If it averages 50k and you are applying for a job in Cedar Rapids, shoot for $40-45k, IMO.
    Its in Des Moines for an IT Specialist job.



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    Re: What are your salary requirements?

    Another thing too. If you are coming out of college, do not let negotiation keep you out of a job. I knew a guy that had way too big of an ego and kept pushing companies offers until they the position was pulled.... So the extra couple grand he wanted for a signing bonus and relocation cost him that job... He didn't really need that money, but thought he was entitled to it.



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    Re: What are your salary requirements?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cy4Patriots View Post
    A little more information...

    I got out of my 2nd interview at 10AM and 1 hours later, they company sent me and email asking about when I could start and what my salary requirements were. He said they were just starting the 2nd round of interviews. Am I the only one?

    Then at the end of the email he said..

    "These two responses will help me with the
    conditional offer of employment I would like to send you."

    Is that an offer or not?
    sounds like you're going to be getting an offer. Shoot for the high end of what you think you're worth. You never know, they might give it to you.

    Just happened to me three weeks ago, they asked, I took about a 15% increase stab and they offered a 20% increase..... Never hurts to ask.



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    Re: What are your salary requirements?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cy4Patriots View Post
    Its in Des Moines for an IT Specialist job.
    I'd try and see if you can find a range of how much that pays, and honestly shoot for the 25th percentile... You don't want to overshoot. Give them a figure you think is fair and that you would expect. If you end up being a good worker, it won't limit your future earnings too much... If you are straight from college, you do not have all that much leverage, IMO... Starting salary is just the start of your career.



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    Re: What are your salary requirements?

    Quote Originally Posted by cycloneSOULja View Post
    Research what the job pays in a similar market to yours. Working in DSM, I was offered a salary that was 20% lower than the average for my field, but I don't have to live in a city where the cost of living is double...

    If the job averages 50k, and you are applying for a job in Chicago, shoot for the 50k. If it averages 50k and you are applying for a job in Cedar Rapids, shoot for $40-45k, IMO.

    I disagree. If the job averages 50k, I would shoot for 50k in Cedar Rapids and maybe accept a bit lower because the cost of living there is about average. In Chicago, I would shoot for 55-60k because Chicago has above average cost of living.

    But like someone else said, I wouldn't get too held up on it for the first job out of college. Personally, I got lucky and was offered an above average salary right off the bat when I graduated (May 09) and I accepted it.



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