Negotiating a salary for a new position can feel a bit like playing chess; there are a lot of different strategies and each side is unsure about what the others’ next move will be. But starting the conversation can feel like a game of chicken – many times it’s been said that whoever brings up salary first loses.
At Purple Ink, we disagree – on nearly all of our client openings we like to post an estimated salary range on our ads so that potential candidates know what to expect up front. This helps applicants know whether it’s a hypothetical fit for him or her salary-wise and it likewise keeps our applicant pool on target.
As an external recruiter, I appreciate candor and openness from candidates about their salary expectation. It helps me steer them to the right opportunity.
Here are some tips for a salary conversation when you’re interviewing for a new position:
The conversation about salary is a necessary part of any job search and it doesn’t have to be stressful – approach it as an opportunity to further determine whether the job is a right fit.