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

1 of 10 Salary Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on February 3rd, 2019 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
How to Answer

The interviewer would like to know how much emphasis you put on pay when considering a new position. In addition to compensation, there are many other factors to a fulfilling career. These other factors may include:

- work/life balance
- amount of travel involved in the role
- overall medical and health benefits
- additional perks such as car allowance, cell allowance, spending account
- the industry you will be working in
- amount of vacation time
- the type of clients you would be working with
- the location of the company
- career growth opportunity
- the size of your new team
- the company's reputation
- overall workplace culture.

Talk to the interviewer about other factors that are important to you when considering a new job. If you are not sure on details for this role, you can ask!

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"Salary is important to me because I know that I am skilled and well educated. With that said, I do look at the full picture which includes factors such as benefits and the amount of paid vacation time."

Admin
Answer example

"Several factors are important to me when taking a job. Compensation is a driving component but so is the company mission, culture, benefits, and location. I am looking to have an easier commute than I currently experience."

Manager
Answer example

"For me, as a manager, the most important factor in accepting a new role is the health of the company, and it's employees. I am looking to take on a team that is positive. I like to work with enthusiastic people that I can motivate. With that said, I am also looking for a competitive financial offer."

Marketing
Answer example

"At this point in my career, I am looking to join a marketing department that will give me the opportunity to work on more significant projects and with more robust tech and applications. Compensation is a driver, of course, but not the only one."

Retail
Answer example

"I am earning my way through University right now, so the two most important factors to me are flexibility in my schedule, and the opportunity to earn a fair wage. I am available evenings and weekends but come next semester; I will be available during most afternoons."

Sales
Answer example

"I am seeking first a product and company that I am proud to stand behind. Compensation and commissions will increase when I am happy with my job so I would say that culture and company reputation is most important to me."

Barista
Answer example

"Several factors are important to me when taking a job. Compensation is a driving component but so is the workplace culture, benefits, and location. I am looking to have an easier commute than I currently experience."

Chiropractor
Answer example

"Salary is important to me because I know that I am skilled and well educated. With that said, I do look at the full picture which includes factors such as benefits, work-life balance, perks, and company culture."

Daycare Worker
Answer example

"Salary is important to me because I know that I am skilled and well educated in the child care space. With that said, I do look at the full picture which includes factors such as benefits and the amount of paid vacation time."

Bookstore
Answer example

"Salary is important to me because I know that I am skilled and well educated. With that said, I do look at the full picture which includes factors such as benefits, employee discounts, commission opportunities, and workplace culture."

Written by:

Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
First written on: 01/21/2017
Last modified on: 02/03/2019

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