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Salary expectation for Non-research Position

PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2004 9:37 pm
by chris
When a job posting asks for expected salary, what is the best approach and still maintain your negotiating power? Should you give them a high number assuming they will come down? It has been my understanding that if a job candidate suggests a specific salary they often under sell themselves.
Any suggestions on how to approach this issue.

Thanks, Chris

Salary expectation for Non-research Position

PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2004 10:32 pm
by Andrew
The best answer is "negotiable". You cannot win naming a figure. There is no upside to doing it whatsoever and lots of downside.

Salary expectation for Non-research Position

PostPosted: Sat Nov 06, 2004 11:23 am
by Dave Jensen
I absolutely agree with Andrew. It is a very sneaky and disgusting question to ask on an application. DO NOT ever give a number. They are the ones who know what their salary range is, not you,

Dave

Salary expectation for Non-research Position

PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2004 11:47 am
by Catherine Nocente
What do you advise for the situation where you've actually gotten an interview and the interviewer asks what you expect for salary? I still say negotiable, but some really try to press you.

Salary expectation for Non-research Position

PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2004 12:09 pm
by Dave Jensen
We've had other threads with this topic, Catherine, so you might look them up.

In general, after an interview you may be asked what your salary expectation is, and this is rather a normal question. I'm serious that a normal response is generally, "competitive with the other salaries here for people with my experience." It would be very inappropriate for you to give a number, because you'll either be high or low, and hurt your chances either way. Very little chance that you'd end up giving them the "right" number.

Employers belong to industry associations such as BIO that provide them with the salary figures paid by other companies. These reports are from the Radford Survey. Unfortunately, you don't have access to this information. However, you can turn the question into another question, by asking what the salary range is for the job, can't you? It may feel uncomfortable, but believe me, it is better than getting yourself put into a corner . . .

Dave Jensen, Moderator