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When an interviewer asks you for your salary requirement, do you hike it up assuming they'll push back, and if so how much?

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Here's a great one that worked for me really early in my career: $X is what I need to come here tomorrow. $X + $Y will make me think I am a valued part of this place's future.

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If it comes up early in the interview, I ask them if their main concern is getting cheap labor or if they want a valuable addition to their team.

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Isobar, NYC just made that illegal. Learn to redirect the question. It's about what you bring to the new company. This is what I'm worth.

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Ask for as much as you can without laughing.

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I've started hiking it up in interviews and it's been amazing, I went from asking 45 to 60 and getting that.

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Answer quickly and say nothing else. Just let it hang there. They'll tell you they can't meet that. Say thank you, not at all angry or in a rush, and tell them you'd love to work with them when they can meet your number. Be as friendly as you can. Be totally open but don't move off your number or hint in any way that you'll negotiate. You'll get it by the time the elevator hits lobby.

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GREAT question, eager to hear what others do. Traditionally I have boosted my number by quantifying my other benefits so I could back it up IF called on the carpet. But lately I've been telling the truth, because Integrity is important to me and I can not tell a lie. And that Integrity has led me far in my career 💸💸💸

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There is a huge range of salary in the industry. Always have them throw the first number. A polite way is to ask about budget allocation for the position they are trying to fill.

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@isobar1 I don't think that's legal here in Cali either.

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It's now illegal in NYC to ask for someone's salary...so I've heard.

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For the salary boosters out there, keep in mind that you may be asked to validate the number you give them. I've been asked for pay stubs before as a means of verifying it.

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Find your friends in the industry (or very similar ones). Get them to tell you your worth. Even your mother will not go as high as friends who know you and your potential. My rule is to give a 40k spread starting at least 5k over what you make now. Although I don't know Copy salaries but you guys add so much value. I've lowballed before for a super cool boutique shop because I didn't think they could afford the salary I'd make elsewhere, and it bit me in the ass because they thought I wasn't "worth it" -- TL;DR use your real life social contacts to gauge your worth

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Illegal to ask your current salary in NYC, but nothing wrong with asking your salary requirement. I took a phone interview where the salary they were offering was way higher than my current (didn't go for it, bad fit), and just kept repeating that number when asked for other positions. No one balked at it, so it must have been fine.

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