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Discussion on: Optimal Strategy for Giving SALARY EXPECTATIONS in Phone Screens

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Jean-Michel Fayard πŸ‡«πŸ‡·πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¨πŸ‡΄ • Edited on

All true here @candidateplanet

What about this?

Q: What's about your salary expectation?
A: Salary expectations?
A: Mmmh, I'd rather not answer at that point.
Q: But I need a number to continue!
A: Does it have to be now? Because I'm stressed discussing that by phone when we barely know each other and you cannot know yet which can of value I can bring to the company.
Q: It's not the final number, it's not me, my software requires a first number or a range in order to continue. And I don't want to waste your time. If you ask for $500.000, I cannot offer you that.
A: Oh I see, no, I'm not one of those devs asking for $500.000.
A: Look, I know you want to be fair. You know the salaries people at your company have for this kind of position. I don't want to be paid more than everyone else. I don't want to be paid less than everyone else. Pick something in the middle, that will do for a first number.

Here I say nothing myself but I have a reasonable anchor.

What could go wrong?

If the recruiter insists that he doesn't want to be fair, or that he doesn't know the salaries at his company, then it's easy

please don't work with those guys.