Recruiter stonewalling

New / Eng ufJz68
Aug 17, 2018 9 Comments

A recruiter said I can't proceed to the on-site until I give them an expected base salary for "leveling purposes". I said, I can't give you a number but use what you think it is for peer companies at a the usual rate for the given level for someone with X years of post college experience.

What to do?


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TOP 9 Comments
  • New TVzb63
    This actually isn’t legal in California now
    Aug 17, 2018 2
    • Microsoft IBTingey
      I believe the law says they cannot ask how much you make now but they can ask how much you want.
      Aug 17, 2018
    • Sapient Razorfish Ksenia23
      It's completely legal. You can't ask about previous or current pay, but targeted or expected is OK. In California, though, you can ask what the range is and they *must* tell you.
      Aug 17, 2018
  • Amazon randname19
    Ask for a billion
    Aug 17, 2018 1
    • New / Eng ufJz68
      Yeah, my plan is to send them a very high ball number
      Aug 17, 2018
  • Oracle hattori
    If they are so insistent, they'll offer you at least 15% less than your lower end of the range. Leave some room by asking 120-170% of what you'll be fine with, but leave an out for yourself by saying, that's just base and leave open the option for stocks, vesting cycle, bonus, etc. Avoid giving a number or offer to confirm their range if they are ok to state it.

    It's a ridiculous game... Sense whether you have a nasty recruiter or is it the company culture that's aggressive.
    Aug 17, 2018 0
  • Amazon ..:..
    Which company? Is it a general purpose recruiter or a specific job? If there is a specific job, you can see from the job description requirements if the level is appropriate. If it is for a company, they can base off of experience and years, and let the interviewers determine the level.

    Not legal in some states, and questionable practice in general. You have to determine if this is a recruiter you want to work with. Aim high to, then negotiate.
    Aug 17, 2018 0
  • Your current salary +55%
    Aug 17, 2018 0
  • Apple / Eng appsrus
    170% of current.
    Aug 17, 2018 0