Five Tactful Ways To Dodge Questions About Your Salary History

Five Tactful Ways To Dodge Questions About Your Salary History

When you’re interviewing for a new job, there’s a very good chance hiring managers will try to get you to talk about your past compensation. Here are a few ways to keep that information to yourself without sounding too defensive.

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Hiring managers will sometimes try to figure out what you made at your last job so they know what you’ll be willing to accept from them. This gives them the upper hand in salary negotiations. If they know you didn’t make much at your last job, they might try to low-ball you. When they ask about your past compensation, and you don’t want to say, Ted Leonhardt at Fast Company suggests you say something like this:

My past compensation is a private matter between my previous employer and me. I’m sure you’d hope a former employee of yours would respect this if they were asked a similar question.

If you’re afraid of sounding too defensive, practice it in front of a mirror until you think you’ve it down. As Leonhardt explains, a response like this is decisive and reinforces your integrity. If you don’t think you can handle saying some variation of that, he shares four more useful pre-made responses worth trying at the link below.

How To Dodge Questions About Your Salary History On Job Interviews [Fast Company]

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