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Salary Talk During the Job Interview – What is the best way to respond?

MoneyGuest Author: Carole Martin
Website: http://www.interviewcoach.com

Even though you may have gone through a phone screening that involved answering questions about salary, the subject may come again as the interviewer becomes more interested in hiring you. At this point the interviewer wants to know whether they can “afford you.” This is a very tricky part of the interview and could even break your chances of getting the job. Tread lightly and protect your information is the rule.

Here are some sample questions and answers to assist you in formulating your own answers to questions about salary during the interview. Some of the answers are stronger than others and some will fit certain situations better than others. You will want to use your own words to answer this type of question however these examples will provide words to use that may be more affective in answering these difficult questions.

Q. “What are Your Salary Expectations?”

A#1 – “I was making $60,000 at my last job, plus bonuses. I would be expecting at least that and a 15-20% increase.:
(This is not a good answer)

A#2 – “I’m sure whatever you offer will be a fair amount for a person with my qualifications. Salary is not the most important factor to me. I’m looking for opportunity.”
(This is a somewhat weak answer)

A#3 – “I really need more information about the job before we start to discuss salary. I’d like to postpone that discussion until later. Maybe you could tell me what is budgeted for the position, and how your commission structure works.”
(This is the best answer)

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Put on your underwear!

Quick Tip: Put on your underwear!

Yes, I really am being serious. As the weather begins to warm up, people have a tendency to start wearing fewer clothing items. It might be stylish and perhaps more comfortable to go commando and/or bra-less when lounging around home or with friends, but when you’re networking, interviewing, or going to work, remember to put on your under garments, and […]

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Make a great first impression

Job Interview First Impressions – Make It The Best

Make a great first impression

Make a great first impression

Author: Carole Martin
Website: http://www.interviewcoach.com

That first impression can be a great beginning, or a quick ending to your interview. Three areas of performance, that should be considered dangerous and deadly:

1. Poor non-verbal communication image

  • Show confidence by believing in yourself and showing it. (head held high – shoulders back)
  • Good eye contact is essential. (Note the color of the interviewer’s eyes.)
  • Connect with a good, firm handshake. (No limp noodles or bone crushers wanted)
  • Posture is a key indicator of confidence. Sit and stand erect. (Slumping = lazy attitude.)


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Network by phone, Skype or through social media.

Questions Answered: How can I network with my busy schedule?


Network by phone, Skype or through social media.

Network by phone, Skype or through social media.

Question: I’m a non-traditional college student. I work full time during the day, have a part time job and I’m taking college courses at night, or online, and during the weekends. I am also raising two school age kids. My school offers some networking events, but I’m usually at work or in class when they are happening. I know I’m supposed to network, but I can’t figure out a practical way to get to any networking events or to meet people in my field. At the moment, I don’t work in the field that I want to get into, so I kind of have to start from scratch. How am I supposed to networking with people? ~ Abira, Detroit, MI

Answer: Abira, first let me congratulate you on working so hard and managing so many important responsibilities at once. You’re right, networking is a vital part of an effect job search, but it is not feasible for every job seeker to attend every networking event. Here are some tips for fitting networking into your busy schedule.

Set up phone or Skype informational interviews:

  • Meeting in person is not the only option when it comes to networking. Conducting informational interviews is an excellent way to gather valuable information about your field, a particular company, or an occupation.  Moreover, info interviews give you a safe venue for introducing yourself to potential contacts.  Fortunately, these don’t have to be done in person.
  • Identify professionals in your future field and within your geographic region; a site like LinkedIn or a professional association are good places to start looking for possible contacts.
  • Since your college career center offers networking opportunities, get in touch with their office and let them know that, while you would very much like to go to the events, your schedule does not allow for you to attend. Ask if they can share the contact information for the employers or alumni who will be participating in the on-campus networking events.
  • The info interviews do not have to be particularly long, especially if you prepare specific questions in advance.  15 to 20 minutes could give you plenty of time to ask questions while also sharing some information about yourself, your career interests and goals.
  • Try to schedule the info interviews over lunch, during breaks, in between classes, or on the weekends. (more…)

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