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?”
- If you have some idea regarding the pay for the position, then just state something a little higher with a small range included as-
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- Tell Me Something About Yourself ?
- What Are Your Strengths?
- What Are Your Weaknesses?
- How Do You Handle Pressure / Can You Work Well Under Pressure?
- What are your short term goals/career aspirations?
- What are your long term goals/career aspirations?
- Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
- Why should we hire you over other candidates?
- Do You Prefer to Work Independently Or On a Team?
- Why do you want to leave your current job/organization/company?
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