Job Interviews - How Much Salary to Ask For
If you're actively looking for work you probably already know what you think you're worth - but if you've had your CV/resume at a variety of agents over the years and suddenly get a phone call you've probably no idea what you're worth in the current marketplace.
And that's what happened this morning, I've had an unexpected phone call from a job agency, asking if I were interested in a Management job. To be honest, no, I'm not looking to be a manager in anything right now, but I was about to look to see what jobs are out there to apply for, so, after a quick chat, I said I'd want to be at a lower level, a small cog - to get up to speed in the industry again. I didn't want to be a manager just yet.
So we discussed salary. Now, as I am not familiar with the area too well, I don't know what the going rate is round these parts, but I do know what I'd want to be paid so that I could be convinced that getting a "proper job" is the thing for me. The role on offer was paying £3k less than my bottom rate, so the agency has put me forward as a candidate for the lower role at a value higher than the advertised rate.
I wonder, therefore, if I'll ever get a call inviting me for interview. We'll see!
How do you work out what to ask for at interview? How much salary to ask for? It's always a tricky balance between needing or wanting the job, the costs of getting to the job -v- other opportunities that might present themselves if you keep looking and the time it'd take you to secure something else. It's a tough call. But stand by your guns on what you're worth if you can! It saves you changing jobs later.
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