From time to time, recruiters may request the applicants to disclose their salary requirements (SR) or range before the actual interview itself. In such cases, you should disclose it in a considered and diplomatic manner.
If, on the other hand, there is no such request from the recruiter you should never – and we do mean, never – disclose anything about your income; it is the quickest and fastest way to knock yourself out before even reaching the interview stage!
Your salary requirement tells the recruiter whether you are…
It is an excellent screen device and it makes the selection process much easier… for the recruiter.
If your expectation is too low, the recruiter might think you don’t value yourself or may not be capable to handle the job. Having said that, in some circumstances it may work to your advantage in which the company is looking for ways to save money and recruit only those that do not need a high payout.
Whenever asked about your income needs, ideally make a note of it on your Cover Letter.
Narrowing down your SR to a single number is not a good idea at all because, simply put, it leaves you with no room for negotiation! This puts you in a very disadvantaged position because the employer will, undoubtedly, try to bring down your “minimum” salary requirement even further…
The best advice that we can give you on this matter is to look at the job position and then find the average pay for that particular job, in that particular location. Based upon your findings, give an average salary-range with some room for negotiation.
The following are some of the right – and wrong – ways of disclosing your SR:
By the way; please do not make the same silly mistake as the unlucky candidate who wrote ‘the higher the better’ when asked about his salary requirement! It won’t work.