Thursday, January 14, 2016

When to talk money

Debra Auerbach, CareerBuilder, says it's tricky to know when to discuss money in a job interview.

Do you, as the applicant, even bring it up--or should you wait until the employer makes an offer?

That depends...

You need to time it right. Bringing it up too soon takes away from the case you are trying to build on why you should be hired. It's presumptuous.

Most experts say wait for the offer or strong signs of an offer coming. Say, when they say how soon can you start--or can we check your references.

According to one authority, you need to say you are very interested in the job and might you ask the compensation?

If it doesn't feel right, then wait until the employer makes an offer.

Have an acceptable range in mind, the experts recommend. You can get average pay for various jobs at the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Know your own worth so you an defend your desired figure.

Back in the day, we used to ask for perks if the salary stated was less than we wanted. Or maybe for a review in six months.

What would I do? Well, one thing would be to try to avoid being tied to the amount you made in your past job. If the new duties warrant a salary twice what you made before, you need to discuss why 10% more than you made before is not really acceptable.

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