One of the most common and difficult questions to answer in a job interview is, “What are your salary requirements?”
It’s natural to want to give a lowball number in order to get the job, but this can backfire if the employer is looking for someone who is more experienced.
On the other hand, giving a high number may price you out of the job. So how can you handle this question without shooting yourself in the foot?
First, try to avoid giving a specific number. Instead, say something like, “I’m open to negotiation based on the job responsibilities.”
If pressed for a number, be honest but also try to emphasize your value. For example, you could say something like, “I’m currently making $50,000 at my job. I’m confident that I can bring a lot of value to your company and I’m hoping for a salary that reflects that.”
By being honest and emphasizing your value, you’re more likely to get the salary you deserve.