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Absolutely not, don't price yourself out before the interviews if your expectations are not within their range, happened to me with PwC HR who ghosted me. Say the standard, "Salary is negotiable/ per market conditions. I want to learn more about the team and role first through the interviews and make an informed decision". Once you clear the interviews, you have the leverage and it's not up to the HR anymore to screen you out.

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Executive recruiter/ex-big 4 here. Most of this is bad advice. Be prepared to speak to your broad expectations in the interest of not wasting time (most of all your own). There are bands and you will or won’t fit into them. I’d come prepared to say “I’d expect a base in the low/mid/high $xxx’s. Anchor a little high here, maybe 10-20% above what you’d actually take . And make sure you understand target bonuses, additional programs (wealth builder). PWC and most firms have been pretty good about closing wage gaps so I wouldn’t worry about that if you’re gender or racially diverse.

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Yes, absolutely. Don’t waste your own time

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Yep

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Yes I would let them know your expectations. It saves times in the long run

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They might stick to your range, so give a range you're comfortable with. Thats what happened to me.

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Yeah I’ve gotten to the point where I say up front “out of respect for both of our time, I’m only considering opportunities that exceed $X in base + bonus, etc. if that is not an issue, I would welcome the opportunity to discuss further”

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If I tell them, I’m looking for roles offering $300+ I’m not saying I’ll take $300. If I proceed with the conversation and we get to comp, I simply say, “based on (insert factors) and the responsibilities of the role, I would be looking for [Amount]” I use it as a simple threshold to weed out opportunities way outside of what I would consider.

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No do not. Not sure why anyone else here is saying you should. If they ask for a range give the generic fair market value line. Don’t price yourself out first round.. get them to like you and want you to come then you can play hardball.

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Don’t commit a number, give a wide range starting at your expectation

The problem with giving a range is that they tend to offer a little more than the lower end of the range and if your range starts above their limit, you are perceived as greedy. The further you are in the interview process, the better your leverage to negotiate. If the recruiter is pushy, ask them if they have a range budgeted for the position so you get an idea but they are probably never going to disclose that. Another tactic is to say that you did some research online and within your network, the salary range for this position seems to be in line with my expectations and would love to discuss more during the latter stages of the interview.

If you have better offer than Big 4, then that's great. If not, then take the interview at Big 4. Whether you get the expected salary or not can be decided later, but at least you'll have interview experience. This will be helpful when you want to make your decision about the company and also to prepare for better companies.

Be prepared, no need to force the discussion.

Most interviews now a days do, I’d suggest really understand your market value and desired comp and stick to it. Don’t want to price yourself out but also want to not waste your time. If looking for Big4 specifically look at the ranges on Glassdoor, the bands are wel defined

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