Interview No-No?

@kokopelli (4843)
United States
February 10, 2007 6:39pm CST
When you're applying for a job, is it wrong to ask about salary in the interview?
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15 responses
• United States
12 Feb 07
i think it depends in what country you are living in. mostly, employers think it is rude, or you're just after the salary itself, well that's why you're applying for a job right? but in other hand, in some country especially with equal opportunity emplyment, it is acceptable, the job seeker has a right to know what will his/her benefit from the company and they can ask about their salary, but i think you need some tactics not to make a bad expression... =:)
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@kokopelli (4843)
• United States
14 Feb 07
right, it must be asked subtly :)
• India
11 Feb 07
I don't think it is wrong but it is not good also to ask about salary. You should avoid the question. If company ask you how much you expect, then you should say what salary you want for your job. Otherwise, I suggest you ignore the question.
@kokopelli (4843)
• United States
12 Feb 07
it would be hard to ignore something that i really wanna know, hehe.
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@brokentia (10396)
• United States
11 Feb 07
I don't think so. At least then you know if you are wasting your time and the interviewer's time. If it is too low of pay, wouldn't you like to know? Why waste your time there if there is no way that you could take such a job for such a pay? Also, the interviewer expects it. Of course the interviewer is going to have to give you an idea of how much the pay is because it is for a job. Would you go into a store to buy something without asking how much? Well, you wouldn't want to interview for a job without asking how much either.
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@kokopelli (4843)
• United States
12 Feb 07
i agree, maybe it's just about how you ask the Q.
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11 Feb 07
Over here it isn't seen to be professional. Unless your a mega work who's respected and they know your worth what you ask. I never ask, there are polite ways to ask but normally you should know the wage structure before having the interview. The time to ask is when the equire for the job either by phone or asking the manager. (not in a cheeky but professional manor) Kudos ~Joey
@kokopelli (4843)
• United States
11 Feb 07
so it's ok if you're applying for a high post?
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• United States
11 Feb 07
On most cases, yes. I think it's not advisable to ask about the salary. Money is usually a sensitive issue. It's like asking, "Do you have the means to pay me?" I think that salary is only secondary to the nature of the job. If you have applied for a particular job, it would be thought of that you're interested in the post because you're qualified, experienced, and/or very interested on the type of work offered. Salary is just an add-on. Asking about the salary would give the interviewer or employer the impression that you only applied because you're desperate for money and not to make yourself a good addition to the workplace.
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@kokopelli (4843)
• United States
11 Feb 07
i agree with you about showing interest more on the job, but come on, people work for money, whether it's not their top reason, salary is still important. so why would it not be proper to ask about it? ;)
@suedarr (2382)
• Canada
12 Feb 07
I think that it is acceptable to talk about salary in the interview process. I'm job hunting now, and wages will certainly be a factor as to wether or not I would apply for certain work. With the cost of after school care I have to be making a certain amount to make it worth my while. Cheers!
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@suedarr (2382)
• Canada
12 Feb 07
I should add that it would not be my first question, but I would ask before the interview was concluded if it was not specified beforehand. Cheers!
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@kokopelli (4843)
• United States
14 Feb 07
yep, it's a vital info :)
@ogtuwan (312)
• Philippines
15 Feb 07
I have read something from the internet that it is not appropriate... But personally, I think it depends not how the conversation went... If the interviewer is open for questions.. then I think it's fine.. If your the type that wanted to stay long in a company, you should know how much you are gonna earn...
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@kokopelli (4843)
• United States
16 Feb 07
it's always good to know.
@smuggeridge (2157)
15 Feb 07
I don't think so. You have to pick your time to ask but it is one of the quite important parts of getting a job and i'm pretty sure that the employer is aware that you will want to know what you are likely to earn. I would recommend asking near the end of the interview, as long as its gone well.
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@kokopelli (4843)
• United States
15 Feb 07
i totally agree with you.
@nana1944 (1367)
• United States
15 Feb 07
If I were interviewing someone for a job, I would expect them to ask about the salary. If they didn't need the job they wouldn't be interviewing for the job. I would ask if It were me.
@kokopelli (4843)
• United States
15 Feb 07
just be careful with the manner :)
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
15 Feb 07
what I hav usually done is get thru the interveiw and know I am hired then I ask what the pay is now if I dont like the pay but want the job bad I take the job and wait awhile to ask for a raise.I usually get the raise
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@kokopelli (4843)
• United States
15 Feb 07
good for you :)
@Piratesware (2893)
• Indonesia
14 Feb 07
no I don't think so , because it's part of interview , sometime they ask for us how much salary we want for the position of required work.
@kokopelli (4843)
• United States
15 Feb 07
what if they don't ask, would you?
@g_aileen09 (1354)
• Philippines
14 Feb 07
That would depends on what position are you applying for. For a starter, and for clerical positions, salary issue is real sensitive one, thus the applicant must wait for the interviewer to begin the topic on this. For Technical persons, professionals, and executives, the issue on salary is not that sensitive. For then they are somehow privileged to negotiate on this.
@kokopelli (4843)
• United States
15 Feb 07
i'd agree with that :)
@Chapman15 (1503)
• United States
14 Feb 07
I don't see why it would be bad. That's why they give you the oppurtunity to ask questions at the end to find out everything you need to know about the job. If they hire you and the pay isn't what you thought, then it's a waste of time on both sides, because you'll leave eventually. Plus, if you know the range on what the type of job makes then you should be able to ask if the pay is close to a certain number... Good luck with the job!
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@kokopelli (4843)
• United States
15 Feb 07
thanks =)
• United States
13 Feb 07
I have two very recent interviews and in both instances I asked about salary. I usually ask what salary range they are looking at for this particular position. That allows them to then ask me after they have answered my question. "Does this fit what you are looking for?" In both instances, I would have gotten the job, but decided not to take for one reason or another. You must also do it at the right time and with the right words. So when you do ask, choose your words wisely.
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@kokopelli (4843)
• United States
14 Feb 07
that's right. tnx :)
@smartpk (193)
• Pakistan
13 Feb 07
sorry to say that i am not agree with your openion because by asking the interviewer about salery it sows that whats the caliper of the interviewe so that they can take decision easily.
@kokopelli (4843)
• United States
14 Feb 07
um, i don't really understand. can you elaborate why?