What do you tell recruiter when they ask for expected compensation?

Expedia vUKdr16
Jul 11 25 Comments

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  • Zillow Group walking 🚶
    Make it rain
    Jul 11 1
    • Bloomberg FlightRisk
      Best comment on Blind. Very underrated.
      Jul 11
  • E*Trade / Finance cbEV72
    The way out is to tell them how much you make now and explain that an offer should make a sense financially.
    Jul 11 6
    • E*Trade / Finance cbEV72
      You must be below the median on market
      Jul 11
    • Amazon Superman’
      Worst advice
      Jul 12
    • Roku moggers
      This works only if you're already paid at the top end of market and you're gauging whether they can get close. Otherwise, no way you should do this.
      Jul 12
    • E*Trade / Finance cbEV72
      If this didn’t work I’d be bombarded with offers. Think about it.
      Jul 12
    • Roku moggers
      As I've just said, the only time you should do this is if you're *certain* you are already paid more than most if not all companies would offer at their top end. Then at least you would filter them out. And yes, the part about making financial sense is then relevant.

      If you're paid in the middle or heaven forbid the bottom, all you are doing his anchoring low. What incentive do they have to pay you top dollar? Likely they will think giving you a few K extra is enough.
      Jul 12
  • Facebook bPVY33
    I was just honest with them, told them I wasn't sure what I should expect. Worked out pretty well.
    Jul 11 5
    • New gh21
      This is probably the best strategy
      Jul 11
    • MagicLab / Eng megamon
      Didn’t they ask your current salary?
      Jul 11
    • Nvidia bdei51
      Asking current salary is illegal in CA.
      Jul 11
    • Facebook bPVY33
      I don't think they're supposed to ask your current salary. She made an offer, I said it wasn't that much higher than my salary at the time, she said she'd see what she could do, and came back with a higher offer.
      Jul 11
    • MagicLab / Eng megamon
      How come “I don’t know what to expect” could be a good answer? It either means the candidate has been unemployed or just doesn’t have enough experience to know their worth.
      Jul 11
  • New gh21
    I asked for 10k above the average listed on levels.fyi and Amazon gave it to me without negotiating. I probably left some money on the table.

    I’d recommend saying you don’t have enough info and you’d like them to make the first offer.
    Jul 11 0
  • Flowcast lulll
    Dont give a number first. When they ask, you respond “I’m flexible, what is the target range for this position?”
    Jul 11 0
  • Amazon Parakdosha
    give a range
    munimum: the minimal number that would make you move
    maximum: something reasonable according to market statistics.

    if "maximum" less than "minimum" then set it to "minimum"
    Jul 11 1
    • Nvidia bdei51
      You should never give your minimum number that will make you move
      Jul 11
  • Oracle / Eng sofakinghi
    I knew what I would take and asked for 30k more. Got what I wanted and then some.
    Jul 11 1
    • Thales xxXW73
      ^this.

      Anchor high
      Jul 11
  • Facebook / Eng muckzuc
    I tell them to make the first move. Then ask for max(20% more than what I want, 30% more than their offer). Usually meet in the middle.
    Jul 11 0
  • New SgJq15
    You say what you think you're worth and literally nobody can tell you that without knowing a lot about you and there isn't a magic spell that you can cast on the recruiter that will maximize what you get. For that you need skills which most of you don't have: negotiation, business and people.
    Jul 11 0
  • Amazon dotard
    Market rate
    Jul 11 0

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