How to Answer Salary Expectation Questions at Interviews

How to Answer Salary Expectation Questions at Interviews

Let’s be honest! chances are, you would not probably go for a job interview without caring much about the weight of the paycheck. It can be true that some people do take up volunteering jobs, without any expectation for renumeration in cash or kind. But for the most part, applicants seek jobs with high hopes of gaining monetary rewards.

Assuming you   get a call for your dream job interview. You spend time to prepare for possible interview questions, revise your CV and get all dressed up neatly and  hurry yourself to the venue. And at the interview, you are able to appropriately respond to the tricky interview questions that are being thrown to test your knowledge, skills and confidence. Then at the last moment, there comes that question: “how much do you expect to be paid for the job?”. This question makes room for job seekers to negotiate their salary expectation commensurate to their qualification and experience. Ideally experienced jobseekers or unemployed people looking for a career change have high negotiation power than entry level job seekers with no experience, so it is prudent ‘salary expectation questions at interviews’ are answered cautiously depending on your career level.

Two main reasons usually prompt interviewers to ask this question. First of all, they want to know if your worth can fit into their budget. Secondly, the question tests your confidence. As in, are you bold enough to ask for what you deserve as well as testing your negotiation skills?

Now, how are you going to respond to the salary expectation interview question? Your ability to tackle this crux of the matter, may end up being the job acquisition factor. The biggest regrettable mistake you can ever make in an interview, is when you fail to respond to the salary expectation question in a strategic manner.

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Even though, salary expectation is a difficult question, we have some recommended tips right here on jobdirectaghana.

How to Respond to Salary Expectation questions.

Take a look at the possible ways to answer this question. Be reminded that, there are always different ways to kill this question.

Give a Vague Response

A vague response doesn’t mean a lame response. Rather, it’s an inexact temporary response that allows you to think further. For instance, you could say that, ” I hope  that the salary would be fair” and consistent with prevailing job market salaries.

Estimate a Salary Range

If you think being too specific would cost you, then you could estimate by saying, ” I would accept a salary between GHS 5,000 and GHS 7,000.” Since employers want to be on the winning side of the bargain, you may strategically have to ensure that the low is actually a high.

Open Room for Negotiation

Another way of showing that you are friendly, is to ease the worries of the interviewers, by saying this:  “I think there would be room for negotiation, provided I’m given the job.” This sometimes push the interviewers to rather mention a figure, say would you accept GHS 6,000?
This could be a trap, so you may also respond by quoting prevailing salaries for the job you are being interviewd for and you can use their offer as part of salary range you have in mind depending on whether offer is a low or high relative job market salary ranges.

Be Honest and Give a Straightforward Reply

It’s not a crime to mention exact figures regarding your salary expectations. Expectations are just expectations! If you are sure of your worth, why not give it to them? You could say, “A salary of GHS 100,000 sounds great for my skills, but it also depends on much you would be willing to offer me”. This point as mentioned in our introduction is recommended for experienced candidates looking to move jobs because they have nothing to lose. However, for entry level jobs in ghana, you are better of employing the preceeding tips rather in other to stay safe because competition at the entry level is relatively large compared to highly skilled experienced jobs in ghana roles. For example a jobseeker going for say ‘Senior environmental engineering jobs in ghana role’ can most likely use this tip than a job seeker going for a ‘entry level junior engineering jobs in ghana oil industry role‘.

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Conclusion

“What is your salary expectation” is a common interview question. In order not to sell your skills cheaply to an employer, it is very important to prepare beforehand for this question.

To know your worth, start by doing a research to ascertain the average salary taken by workers in your industrial field. Some mistakes you should avoid include: not answering the question, appearing confused (uncertain) after being thrown the question. If discussions about your current salary pops up, tell them you are looking forward to an increment.