For certain jobs, recruiters may request the applicants to disclose their salary requirements before attending the interview.
Although this may seem quite awkward, however, it is often done for legitimate reasons and it is therefore advisable that you do disclose this information on your cover letter in a considered and diplomatic manner.
Warning: If there is no such request from the prospective employer, you should never disclose anything about your wages; it is the quickest and fastest way to knock yourself out before even reaching the interview stage!
Asking about your salary requirements allows the prospective employer to get a better idea of what you’d like to earn and how that will fit in with the role that is being advertised. It may be that you are under-or-over qualified for the position, and that will could potentially be deduced from your answer.
It is also an effective way of measuring your self-worth.
If your expectation is too low, the recruiter might think you that don’t value yourself or that may not be able to properly function in the job. In certain circumstances, however, this may work in your favour; particularly in a small company which is looking for ways to save money and recruit only those that do not require a high payout.
On the flip side, having a very high expectation means that you are either overqualified for the position, or that you are unrealistic about the scope of the advertised position.
It is, therefore, essential that you give a figure that is reasonable.
Narrowing down your salary requirement to a single figure is not a good idea. 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” offer even further.
The following are some of the right – and wrong – ways of disclosing your salary expectations:
More recommended examples that you could include on your cover letter:
Nice try: One unlucky candidate wrote ‘the higher the better’ when asked to disclose their salary requirement! Needless to say, they weren’t invited for a job interview.