“What’s your current salary?” a hiring manager asks you. Instantly you tense up, unsure of how to respond.
It’s a common — and uncomfortable — job interview scenario, and one for which you want to have a plan.
Some would tell you to dodge the question or give a range, so you don’t disclose the actual number. But according to bestselling management author and CNBC contributor Suzy Welch, the best way to secure your place at a new company and advance your career is to simply tell the truth.
“People are going to tell you that you should game this conversation,” Welch tells CNBC Make It , or that “you should dodge this question by talking about ranges.”
“That is no way to start a relationship,” she says.
For her, the decision to share your salary is worth the risk. Here’s Welch’s two-step process for navigating this tricky interview question:
1. Know your market value
Discussing salary is “the interview tightrope that everyone hates to walk,” Welch says. To balance, you first have to know where you stand.
“Be smart and do your research,” she says. “Find the job’s likely salary, and know what your skills are likely worth in the open market.”
Do some research on sites like PayScale, Salary.com or LinkedIn Salary. These tools tell you what a job should pay and “let you know if you’re earning above or below market,” she says.
You may find that you’re being underpaid, which Welch says can happen if you’ve been at your company for a long time or were hired at a low salary. You could also find yourself in the less common situation of being overpaid.
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