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  • Writer's pictureMatthew Coppola

Timing is Key: When to Discuss Salary Expectations in Job Interviews

Updated: Jan 24

Lady in job interview discussing her salary expectations
There's nothing wrong with discussing salary during an interview

Many job seekers often wonder when they should bring up the topic of salary expectations during an interview.

It's normal to feel a little nervous about it, but don't worry - you won't scare off the employer by discussing salary once they've had a chance to get to know you and your skills.

Employers are usually open to discussing salary expectations with candidates who have a rapport with them.

It's important to avoid discussing salary expectations too early, though. Bringing it up during an initial phone call or meeting with the employer can be off-putting. Instead, wait until you've had a chance to build rapport and show the employer what you can bring.

The first person to raise a salary figure is usually the one who loses the negotiation. Let the employer bring up the topic of salary first, if possible. If asked directly about salary expectations, it's a good idea to express interest in hearing what the employer has in mind and to be flexible with negotiation.

By being friendly and flexible, you can show the employer that you're interested in the role and willing to work with them to find a salary arrangement that works for both of you.

Disclaimer: The information provided on this blog is for general informational purposes only. It may not be accurate, complete, or up-to-date. The content is not intended to constitute professional advice. Readers are encouraged to seek professional guidance for their specific situations.

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