Of all of the questions you have to answer in a job interview, questions about salary seem to be the most difficult. In this video, we discuss some of the fundamentals of answering those questions and demonstrate how to effectively answer salary questions.
Dear New Grad PTs and PT Students,
I sat across from the owner of the company and he asked what I was expecting for a salary. The interview had gone well up until this point, but now I froze. I didn’t know what to say, I didn’t expect to discuss salary, let alone have to give a number I wanted.
I thought about it and gave a number that I thought was way higher than the typical offer. The next day I was offered the job and the salary I requested. We hadn’t negotiated or anything, I had just thrown out a number and they honored it.
I didn’t take the job, but I still wonder how much I left on the table by going first. When you are in an interview or a negotiation, you want to avoid going first. Here are ways to answer the “What kind of salary are you looking for?” question.
Should you ask about money during an interview? If so, when? How? Money isn't everything, but it is something. Knowing how to approach the topic will prepare you to be able to negotiate for what you deserve.