Some fresh graduates are still clueless about whether they should bring up the salary issue during the interview or not. And if they should, when they should bring it up. To save your time, let us tell you that the question has a simple answer: you don’t. You don’t ask in the first interview and you don’t ask in the second interview, or even the third. You just don’t.
“But why can’t I ask about the salary?” I heard you ask. Here’s the thing: if you ask the salary question in the first interview, you will give off two very distinct characteristics you don’t want to give off in an interview.
First, asking questions about salary shows to the interviewer that you’re greedy. This may not even be the case, but to the interviewer it says, “This is only worth my time if you’re willing to pay what I want.” Maybe that is how you feel, but either way it does not leave a good impression. In an interview you’re trying to impress, find out if the two parties are compatible, and if you have anything to offer each other. Making the interview about money in the beginning can set a poor tone.
Second, asking such question shows that you don’t know how to research. Before going to an interview, do your own research about what the standard pay and benefits for that industry, level, and location are; so you don’t have to ask your potential employer that question again. Not researching the company and industry is the biggest mistake that new recruits are making, so be sure to do your research.
Another reason why you should not mention the salary during interview has got something to do with the art of negotiations. In negotiations, you never want to give the number first. In interviews (especially in the first one), you have no bargaining-chip yet, and you don’t want to show your cards first either.
So, be patient. Once the company has made their decision, they will present you with an offer (finally!) and you will have a chance to negotiate. At this point you have something they want (your skill) and they have something you want (their money). This is when your initial research about salary standards comes into good use. Learn some basic rules about negotiations too.
Remember: when it comes to salary, leave it out of the interviews. Wait until you get an offer or some sort of commitment. In most cases, wait for the company to bring it up. Bringing it up early will leave a negative first impression of yourself. Just ask anyone who has led an interview: a poor first impression is hard to get over.
Get interviewed for your dream job
Before worrying about the interview and the salary question, first you have to think how you could get the interview! One of the best ways to get a lot of interview calls from the right company is to submit an excellent resume, tailored to the position you are applying for. Sometimes, crafting a resume might be even harder than mastering the art of interview and negotiations, so why not leave it in the hands of professionals?
A creative resume could also help you during the interview. When you submit a creative resume, you have stolen the interviewer’s attention from the beginning. Then, the interviewer will be much more enthusiastic about your prospects at the company when he/she is interviewing you.