You’re in the midst of a job interview, your potential boss-to-be seems very interested in what you’ve got to offer, and then she pops the question: “What were you making before?” How should you reply?
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That’s exactly what career blogger Marci Alboher set out to answer over at weblog Manage Your Life, turning to a few experts in the field to get their two cents. Our favourite advice comes from personal finance writer Ramit Sethi:
Never reveal your prior salary, says Ramit Sethi, creator of the blog, IWillTeachYouToBeRich, and author of the recently published book of the same title. He is clear and unequivocal. “It’s just none of their business,” he told me. “You’re focusing on a new job and if you reveal what you made previously, two things happen. First, you’ve laid out all your cards. Second, you’re admitting that you are inexperienced in interviewing and negotiating.”
Rather than answering, Sethi and others suggest steering the conversation into your worth (hopefully you’ve done your homework before the interview enough so you’ll know how to discuss how valuable you are).
While you’re polishing your salary negotiation skills, check out a few simple negotiation tips for securing a salary you’re happy with.
How to negotiate a salary without tipping your hand [Manage Your Life]