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How do you respond to pushy HR people/ recruiters who ask your salary req in the first 5 mins?

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Ask them theirs

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Have an answer

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I'd like to hear more about the role before shouting out a number. (Then is they persist) What does the position pay? (Then if they keep pushing) I'd really like to hear what the job is scoped for, as I don't want to price myself out of a great opportunity.

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Go high.

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Don't give a range. Give them one reasonable to high number, and tell them it's a starting point for negotiations based on the position and total compensation package. Gives you some flexibility. If you give them a range, negotiations will start at the bottom of that range (or below). Give them the top number in your "range", expecting that their initial offer will be below that. Do your research and know your worth before going into it.

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I give myself a 15% raise, then say I’m looking for a pay bump. So if I make 100k, I say I make 115k, and say I’m looking for a bump.

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To be honest, I have always had a number that I won’t go below, so I’d rather just get it out of the way

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Say you’re looking for a competitive salary and shoot a high number and ask them if that’s what’s been earmarked for the role. Or say you’re not sure and ask them if they have a salary in mind.

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I think a range is weird bc it’s like saying I wish I could get blank but I know I’m only worth blank

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I always dodge them. As a rule. Like say I like to learn more about the opportunity before discussing salary.. bc I think it does me no service that early in the process and is just rude

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Ask for 10k higher than you really want.

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Your response can allow for flexibility. Mine does. But if you have a sense of your own value, what is worth compromising for, and what is below the line, you will not be wasting your own time or theirs. Good recruiters appreciate honesty and guidelines, and will be better able to match what you’re looking for to what they have. If you really don’t care at all about the money, you can tell them that. It’s been my experience, though, that taking less money does not correspond with better opportunities - the opposite, in fact. Either way, have a go-to response to keep the conversation moving. The tl;dr: Have an answer.

People forget salary is a sign of a few things - they’re interested but not sure they can afford you, really like you AND it’s a time to use your negotiating skills. Many people hate the art of negotiating but if you ever want to maximize your salary you better learn. These new laws about asking salaries is going to hurt those above the curve because you’re going to be low balled every time. So know your worth and communicate early.

"Don't mean to be a pain but I do believe I don't have to answer that. I will however give you a range I'd be willing to consider. Hope that's ok." (Knowing goddamn well that it's ok.)

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It's illegal to ask in NYC

You can say "I'm looking for market rate" and leave it at that. If they won't take a non-numerical answer, I'd say that's a bad sign. One of the worst jobs I ever took was simply to jump ship from an evil boss, and the first red flag was their bumptious recruiter (a contractor no less) repeatedly asking me my salary number even after I made it clear that I considered it the last step in the process. I actually complained to HR about it and they acted shocked.... he was gone not long afterwards, but it was the first of many gut signs that I should not have taken the job.

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