Answering Salary Expectations

In almost all the job interview, the question arises of the interviewer is: “How much salary expectations?” This question will arise when the interview or in a working application. Although very common, this question becomes one of the things that are important in determining whether you will be the position or not.

Dilemma of answering this question is: if the nominal call is too high, you likely will not get the job. Moreover, the number of reproductive age in the outcome that also need work and are willing to earn less, causing the value of your bargaining becomes risky. On the other hand, if you give a nominal too low, you may also not be offered the job. Because the company intended may think you are less competent or less confident for this position. So, how should answer this question?

Answering in the Application Works

If you apply online, the majority of job applications which you should fill include expected salary question. Could you clear answers to these questions in the column and intend to answer at the interview, but it is likely the company will ignore your cover letter. Because, despite your qualifications and experience outstanding, they could not put you to your interview calls, fearing the expectation you will be on top of their standard.

The safest way is to do a little research about the average salary for the position. You can ask directly with acquaintances or colleagues, or mencar information on the Internet that provides a number of salary information, to review company.

Then out of this range, you can put the amount to approx think you deserve and feel comfortable with the amount. Another way is to look at your current salary, as well as observe the development of your industry. If the industry is slow, of course you will write a more reasonable amount, in order to compete with other participants. If you happen to switch the industry, see the new developments in the industry. Safe, writing down 10-15 percent higher salaries than you can. If you want to be safe again, add the words negotiable (negotiable) behind the numbers you wrote.

during Interview

The trick is to not answer immediately with a nominal salary. Tell the interviewer for more detail to explain the position and scope of responsibilities. Ask also the remuneration of company that you will receive. If they are urged to say the number, make sure you’ve done your homework by researching which can give an overview to you quite clearly.

In addition, here are some tips to answer the question ‘how much salary expectations’ of the professionals.
One way is to answer with confidence high, but remains open to negotiations.

“Directly ask any desired amount, and I mentioned sum is greater than the current salary. Magnitude can be up 50-100 percent. In my experience, once salary negotiation as much as twice that of the previous salary, and can. But so far, never smaller than the previous salary. Even if the company bid the amount that we provide, everything can be discussed. The point is, look for win-win solution on both sides, “said Retta Oktaviani, Public Relations & Promotions Manager in a company engaged in the retail sector.

Edo Karsten, application engineering in a company also said nearly the same thing with Retta. Edo does not hesitate to say that the desired nominal salary, but he determines the limit below,

“At the very least, the minimum rose 20 percent from the current salary.”

Nova Roderick, Excecutive Secretary on company property has a different trick. He will ask first standard in the salary range of the company.

“If they ask a number, I would have one after another with the question: what is the standard here? After that the new negotiations. If the amount I want to be higher than their standard, I am open to negotiation. Normally I like a slightly higher salary, on the salaries of employees who replace me. ”

Several other employees say almost all of them will ask for a higher number of current or previous salary. Percentages vary, ranging from 20-100 percent, and very open to negotiation. Most of them will not leave the job this time and chose to stay afloat, if offered a lower salary.

Last tips, is asking for information about the remuneration of other than nominal wages. As provided insurance, benefits, and others. Besides other benefits in addition to salary, such as training opportunities, career development and others. Because even though the salary is not great, but good benefits offered, could bring better welfare conditions compared with other big salaries but benefits worse.


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