Jennifer Tardy: Hey job seekers, Jennifer Tardy here, your career success coach. Today we’re back, continuing our job interview question and answer series, and we’ve answered a ton of questions for you. “Tell me about yourself? What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? Why did you decide to apply to this job? Where do you see yourself in five years? Why did you leave your last employer?” Today’s question is, “What is your desired salary?” People cringe when people ask them what is your desired salary, but that’s okay, because I have the perfect answer for you. And not only do I have the perfect answer for you, I also have my favorite segment, the Career Success Bonus Tip For Underrepresented Population, so make sure that you stick around, watch that part, watch the entire video and learn how to answer that question. I’ll see you in a second.
Okay, so let’s just be honest, if you’ve been following these series of videos, and I know you have, you aLready know by now what I’m gonna say. It does not matter how qualified you are and how many skills you have, if you are unable to articulate your skills, your knowledge, or your abilities, and if you’re unable to interview well, you’re not gonna be the most competitive candidate, and if you’re not the most competitive candidate you might not get that job offer. So make sure that you know how to answer all of these questions, that is what’s in this video for you. Let’s go right into it. Why on Earth would an employer even ask you that question? That is such an uncomfortable question, shouldn’t there be a good reason for it? Well, yes there is. There is a really good reason for it.
A good interviewer will tell you that they don’t wanna waste your time, nor do they want this whole process to waste their time either, so they wanna know, well how much are you planning to make up front, so they can see if it fits their budget. If it does, “Great, we’ll keep you moving along in the process,” if it doesn’t, then they’re gonna let you know. They’re not just gonna say, “No, it doesn’t fit, sorry for wasting your time”, unless you are interested in making a ton more than what is in their budget. But let’s say you make something that is outside of their budget, they’re just gonna let you know what their budget is and if it’s something that is doable for you, you think about that for yourself. You will let them know and then you will continue through with the interviewing process. Okay, so that’s why they ask you.
Now, here is how you do not, and I mean do not answer that question. Do not say that you are willing to work for anything, because if you say that you’re gonna look desperate. And also, do not say that you are only willing to accept a certain amount of money, because that means that you’re very closed already, so I always recommend giving a range, but we’ll talk about that in a second. Do not flip the question back on the employer and say, “Well, what are you wiling to pay me?”, ’cause that is just annoying. And do not come up with some crazy amount that you and I obviously know this job doesn’t pay. Do not come up with the CEO salary for an entry level job, because that is just ridiculous as well to. That’s how you do not answer the question at all. I’m curious to know, why do you feel that this is such an uncomfortable question to answer? The whole question around