A former recruiter and career coach from the US has revealed how you can maximise your salary at a new job.
When the dreaded interview question of what your salary expectation is comes up, it’s easy to panic or play down what you’re worth – often meaning you opt for a lower number than you’re perhaps happy with.
However, expert Greg Langstaff (@greglangstaff) says this is exactly what you should avoid doing.
He regularly makes TikToks with handy tips and tricks for jobseekers, including resume and interview advice.
The career expert’s recent video on how to get the best salary possible has been seen by 178,000 people.
A career coach from the US has revealed how you can maximise your salary at a new job
He told viewers ‘To maximise your salary at a new job, you’re going to want to avoid answering the question ‘what are your salary expectations?’ for as long as possible.
‘This will prevent the employer from low balling you but also protect you from getting disqualified in case what you ask for is too high.’
He advised what you should do instead, writing: ‘So if they ask, you’ll say something like this: ‘I’m flexible, I’m just looking for a fair package that aligns with industry standards.’
Adding ‘Then if they’re weird about it and they tell you they need a specific number, you can kind of turn the table by saying something like this:
‘Is there a specific range you’re aiming for so I can let you know if I’m comfortable with that?’
He further explained in the caption: ‘The longer you wait to talk salary during an interview process, the more they’ll be invested in you as a candidate and this gives great negotiating power!’
However, while some people say this tactic works for them, others have argued against it.
One viewer wrote ‘I frequently sideline candidates that get difficult and start turning the tables’.
The career expert’s recent video on how to get the best salary possible has been seen by 178,000 people
Another added ‘Nah! Always ask their salary range up front. Wasted too much time doing interviews when they couldn’t even afford me in the first place.’
Those who thought it was good advice said ‘Thank you. If they’re weird about it sometimes that’s a red flag they’re just using candidates to see what the market rate is’ and ‘at is working for me. In the process and they asked, I said, based on market I’d like anywhere between 115-$135k, they’re offering $135k’.
Meanwhile, someone else commented ‘no. do your research. know the market value for your job. and just tell them straight up what you want.’
It comes after a careers expert revealed the six questions you should never ask at the end of the interview – including if the salary is negotiable.
They also advised that you shouldn’t ask abrupt questions like ‘Why should I work for you?’ and ‘What can your company offer me?’