How to Answer Salary Questions in a Job Interview
Of all the anxiety-inducing elements of a job interview, discussing salary often seems to be at the top of the list of many job searchers, and even some interviewers. The key to discussing salary with a potential employer is to be prepared. Preparation includes finding out what the job type usually pays, and determining your own worth in the marketplace.
Instead of telling you directly what the job pays, many interviewers will ask you what salary you are expecting if you are hired. If you are working out the details with a new employer, it is critical that you approach the salary and benefits discussions from a position of strength. That means you must do your homework and determine an average salary for the position in your geographical area.
The salary in New Orleans may not be comparable to the same position in New York City, or in a much smaller market. Start by consulting the U. S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook. Visit http://www.bls.gov/oco/. There you will find an alphabetical listing of hundreds of job types…