When and whom to ask about salary?

By: Anurag Gupta | In: Interview Tips | Last Updated: 2010-07-12

Job seekers are usually not prepared when they go for an interview. This can lead them to various problems and land them up in asking pointless questions or questions at a wrong time. To avoid these mistakes a jobseeker must know when to ask and what? Asking about salary is one of the major mistakes that a candidate makes during an interview.

Salary is considered as the most important thing while taking up a job. A candidate is asked about the expected salary way before the interview: in the primary stage itself. There a candidate has to put in a range of salary he expects. After this the interview process starts and it will be better for a candidate to forget about salary at this stage. What a candidate should focus on is to answer the questions of the interviewer confidently and correctly.

Waiting is fruitful.

Candidates usually become impatient and ask the interviewer about the salary. This often leaves a bad impression on the interviewer. So, rather than hastily doing things Simply Wait. If you have performed well in the interview then let the HR call you up and discuss your salary.

How will not asking for salary at the time of interview prove beneficial for you?

  • If HR calls you up after they have selected you then you have an upper hand.
    • You can easily negotiate for the desired salary
    • You can discuss the salary and other allowances on your terms and conditions
  • Not asking for salary during an interview adds to your positive impression on the interviewer.

If you still feel the need to ask about your salary then the right person to contact is the HR executive and not the interviewers. Interviewers are not always the ones who decide upon the salary, they might be just the experts or heads of a given field.

So, reading this write up will surely convince you to not to make the BIG mistake of asking about the salary to the interviewer.


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