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08/27/08
Interview Question. Salary Expectations?
Filed under: Interviewing, Job Offer (Situations), Mature professionals, Post-docs, Technicians, Legal matters
Posted by: site admin @ 8:03 pm

There are several ways salary may come up in
an interview or job offer.  It is important to
recognize that homework and legal protection
steps will help job seekers.

Homework

When
evaluating a job offer, review

Four individual situations can form extremes.

If one receives a job offer from the government,
with a previous position, you may be expected
to give a previous W2 as proof of your salary.
Sometimes your pay can be matched if you can
prove you earned more than they were prepared to
offer.

If you receive a verbal offer, ask for a written
document.  If the firm prefers not to give you one,
then ask if the offer has been officially approved
and if you could generate a generic offer.  See
legal opinion for proper wording.

If you are offered a position and the official asks
to know how much you expect to make, Megan
Driscoll
recommends that you will consider any
reasonable offer.
Then, assuming you truly want the position, if the
salary and benefits do not meet your minimum
requirements, you can enthusiastically say you
really want the position and with your homework
indicates that one or more ‘offer items’ limit your
accepting the offer for the position.
It may be appropriate at this point to indicate
that you have in hand a competing offer or
are being seriously considered for another
position.  You may not benefit from being specific
about the company or amounts.  Being honest
will hold you in good stead.

In most cases it shows confidence to ask for
time to consider the details of the offer.  In the
face of a retraction, many are hesitant to review
the offer thoroughly and check out business
stability, histories, with people in your network
and salary and benefits comparators.
K McGeever suggests one should express
enthusiastically
great interest in the position
and ask for time (be
specific about time
and day of the response) to get back with

an agreement.  Review the details thoroughly.

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