It’s Interview Time: Money, Money, Money

When it’s time to discuss compensation and benefits, it doesn’t have to be awkward. Allow me to share a few general helpful tips for navigating this discussion.

  • First, this discussion rarely occurs during the initial interview; rather, it is more realistic to expect compensation to be brought up during the second or, more likely, the third interview.
  • Don’t ask them; let them be the ones to initiate the conversation about money and benefits.
  • If they ask you about your current salary, respond by saying you are open to hearing what they have in mind for the position you have been discussing.
  • If they ask more than once, be prepared to give them a range rather than a firm number. A range offers room for negotiating.


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