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

10 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

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 an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
First written on: 01/21/2017
Last modified on: 02/03/2019

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