Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Downplaying your past worth
What a wackidoo mess we are in! Employment gurus JT O’Donnell and Dale Dauten are giving advice on how to answer the question on your past salary.
You may have made a ton before, but now tons are not to be had, so saying you made a lot can make the interviewer think you are just considering the job as a stopgap.
JT advises not to lie—they might check. I would say that is doubtful, but lying never ends well.
Dauten says to say, “If I don’t say a number, will that put me out of contention?” If they say yes, then say, “OK, but don’t hold it against me.”
THEN say, “I would rather have a job I love than to lose out because of my past salary, which was much different circumstances, anyway.”
Put the best face on it.
I would say, “Ah, good times, I used to make a lot and spend time at two-martini lunches, but those are gone, too.” Make a light remark.
But that’s just me.