Salary-Related Mock Interview

Salary interview questions can be the toughest to answer, here are 10 salary related questions with answer examples that can help you during your next interview.

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What are your salary expectations?

In many states, it is now illegal for hiring authorities to ask about your current earnings. A question like this will give the interviewer a solid idea of what you are hoping to earn. When you change positions, you want to see an increase in wage. Most interviewees will typically aim for a 7-15% increase for each time they change jobs. This range offers room for negotiations with the new company. This percentage increase reflects economic inflation, unique skills you bring to the table from the last time you joined an organization, and an increase in responsibilities. The best way to discuss your salary expectations is to use your current earnings as an example if you are comfortable doing so. If this makes you uncomfortable, do give as many indicators as you can. Be open, and honest. Transparency is the best choice when salary based questions arise.

If you are newer to your career, or the area, and are unsure of what a fair ask may be, there are many reliable salary calculators available online.

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10 Salary Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. What are your salary expectations?

  • 2. Do you feel performance should be rewarded over experience?

  • 3. How do you feel about performance incentives?

  • 4. How would you prefer to be compensated?

  • 5. What is your current salary?

  • 6. Are you comfortable being paid on a 100% commission basis?

  • 7. Do you feel that you are currently paid what you are worth?

  • 8. Is compensation the most important factor for you when taking a new job?

  • 9. What is the most amount of money you have ever earned? Why did you leave that position?

  • 10. Will you be willing to take a salary cut?