Answer The ‘What Is Your Salary?’ Question With The Amount You Want

Answer The ‘What Is Your Salary?’ Question With The Amount You Want

At some point before or during your job interview, you’ll probably be asked how much you’re currently making. The Personal Branding Blog offers some suggestions for deflecting this unnecessary question.

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Your current salary is none of the prospective employer’s business, Marc Miller writes, because:

You are worth what a company is willing to pay you. That amount has nothing to do with your currently salary. This is particularly true if you have worked for the same company for 5 or more years.

If the interviewer insists, Miller advises either asking them what their range is or answering with the salary you’re seeking. E.g.:

“I am looking for $xxxx in salary, but I will be evaluating the entire compensation package, which includes, salary, bonus and benefits.”

Check out the post below for more salary negotiation tips.

What Is Your Current Salary? [Personal Branding Blog]


  • A friend of mine was asked this question. He was on $42000. But wanted more, so answered that he was earning $47500. A week later, he was offered the position, and told him they’d match what he was earning at his current employer, but wanted to see payslips to prove that’s what he was earning. He refused to show them the payslip, so they withdrew the job offer.

  • This is an unnecessary question, but yet LH constantly posts “killer” questions such as “Describe what something called a booblyboo might look like”


  • All will be fine until they ask your referees (assuming one’s your current boss). Unless you’ve cued them to lie which is a bit of a slippery slope. Lying about money is a great way to build trust with a new employer.

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