What Kind Of Salary Are You Looking For? - Job Interview Answers.

Never bring up the salary topic. Always allow the interviewer to do it first. Do not give a figure right away. If you state a figure you risk stating something that is too high or something that is too low. In either case the loss is yours. Many a times peoples and friends around us suggest saying something as “I’m sure whatever I am offered will be a fair price”. No doubt it’s a safe answer but I would recommend answering this question with a range.

The thumb rule of any negotiations is: The side with more information wins. Try to learn what the employer is willing to pay before you reveal what you’re willing to accept.

Hence when asked about salary, you can say:

“I’m sure the company has already established a salary range for this position. Can you tell me what that is?”


“I want an income commensurate with my ability and qualifications. I trust you’ll be fair with me. What does this position pay?”

- If you have some idea regarding the pay for the position, then just state something a little higher with a small range included as-

“Based on the information I have about the position, a salary in the range 15000 – 18000 would reflect the experience and expertise that I would bring to the role.”


“I know the average pay for this position is roughly around 15000. But because I have two years of experience, I would like something around 15000 – 18000.”

- If the salary range is already stated in the job description, then you can answer that you are willing to consider any offer stated in the job description as:

“The job description says that the salary will be around 15000 – 18000. I think it’s a fair range.”

- If you want to play safe, you can answer as:

“I would expect to be paid competitively and commensurate with the level of skill, experience and responsibility that this particular job requires”

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