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kriskris
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Shreveport
Member since Oct 2007
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Interview/salary question


Okay, need some opinions:

I've been looking for a job since October. I had an initial phone interview that went well. A week later I had a 2 hour face-to-face interview. Since then (1/29) I have been in email contact with the Area Director.

During the face-to-face interview, he asked me what my minimum salary requirements were. I, taking the question to mean what it asked, gave him a number, significantly less
than my last job. Currently, everything is waiting on the results of the background check. I have been told by the AD that I should plan to begin work (which includes 7 weeks of
out of town training) on Friday the 18th at the latest. He has told me what I need for uniforms and invited me to come meet with the General Manager and another manager.

My problem is this: we have never discussed a salary. I emailed him again today and brought this fact up in gentle way, asking him if there was a range and stating that when asked, I had given him my absolute lowest salary.

I'm not sure that I would be happy with making this amount, that was just the absolute least I could make and be able to pay my bills. When he responded to my email, he ignored the salary question all together. Am I wrong to be disturbed by this? Especially if they are wanting me to start in a week? How would you handle this?

TIA.







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Golfer
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Coral Bay, St. John, USVI
Member since Nov 2005
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Your minimum salary requirements are not what it takes to pay your bills. It's the minimum amount that you are willing to work there for.

IMO you kinda screwed up there. But I would ask for a contract or employee agreement. When that salary comes up, mention that while you have a very low end, you would expect $X to take the new position.



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LSUTigers00884
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I mean you are the one who told him the amount. Honesty is key here.





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kriskris
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Shreveport
Member since Oct 2007
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So I should call him and tell him what my desired salary is and let the chips fall where they may? Or should I take the job at that salary, and keep looking/interviewing for something else?





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I Love Bama
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Alabama
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Take the job and the shitty salary. Consider it a lesson and keep looking for a new job.





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Zilla
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Friendswood, TX
Member since Jul 2005
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yea, not much to lose at this point...if it's not enough you won't take it anyway, right?





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Bayou Tiger
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The Woodlands, TX
Member since Nov 2003
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You certainly messed up by giving a low salary number. But here is an idea to help your situation.

If I was stuck in your spot, I would call back and clarify the following...

The opportunity seems like a great fit, and it is exciting to see things moving forward.

However, I would like to have a chance to review and discuss the range of salary and other benefits provided to make sure the opportunity makes sense financially as well.

Salary is one piece of the puzzle, but the medical/dental plan and cost per pay check, 401k match and vesting, bonus, commission, and vacation policy are other important pieces of the puzzle.

If he pushes on the number, then...

Yes, that was the number thrown out as an absolute minimum. However, that would be the salary associated with the best possible combination of the other pieces of the compensation package.

For this opportunity with some of the more industry-standard benefits that we have discussed since then, that specific number is not quite applicable. I apologize for any misunderstanding and could have done a better job of qualifying that specific salary number. As I am sure you can appreciate, salary is better evaluated in the context of the overall compensation package.

But again, I believe this job would be a great fit. I would just appreciate the opportunity to review and discuss the full compensation package to avoid any snags over the next two weeks.



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LSUTigers00884
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Lafayette
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Do that. If he sounds iffy or hesitant, sell him yourself man. Be confident and sell your stock! If he refuses to budge, take job and look for another.





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Apocalypse
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Baton Rouge, LA
Member since Dec 2007
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As someone who does a lot of hiring and interviewing, you definitely screwed up by low-balling your salary requirements.

When managers are interviewing someone, they need to know how much $ it will take to get the person hired. Once they know they can get you for X$ they will be very reluctant to negotiate higher.

When talking about salary in interviews, its always best to let the manager set the salary. The best response is, "I would expect be compensated fairly for someone with my educational background and experience. I'm more concerned with advancement opportunities."

Let the manager set the scale and negotiate from there.






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