What’s the best way to handle a question about salary during an initial interview or phone screen? I try never discuss salary initially but it seem more and more companies are bringing it up, especially during the phone screen.
I have many friends in the industry and do a lot of research to get a feel for the range a position should pay. It never fails that when I answer this question the pay range is always 20% less then what I stated. I’m starting to think that this is the start of HR trying to lowball you before they even bring you in.
After I answer this question the interview usually get kind of weird because I have to explain that Salary is just one part of the compensation package and I will look at benefits, vacation, bonuses, etc… in determining an appropriate compensation package.
So how do you answer this question? My goal is to get in front of the hiring manager and not have to dig my self out of a hole while talking to the HR Rep who knows next to nothing about the position you are discussing