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What is your current salary?

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    What is your current salary?

      It is important to note that this question may be illegal, depending on your geographical location. If you are in a place where it is unlawful for a hiring authority or recruiter to ask this question, you can politely decline by saying, 'I am aware that this question breaches my rights as a candidate in the state of XYZ.'

      A potential employer will often want to base their offer on your current salary. Whenever possible, you should be transparent about your most recent earnings and be prepared to back up any salary requests in states or provinces where it is entirely legal to ask about compensation. Keep your answer simple, and to the point. It is indeed okay to ask the interviewer what they are offering in return!

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am currently earning a base salary of $78,000 plus a car allowance of $900/month and health benefits. I am looking for a competitive salary in my next position."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Admin interview

      "Currently, I earn $25/hour with many overtime opportunities. I also have a competitive benefits package and three weeks' paid vacation. Could you tell me what you are offering for this role?"

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Manager interview

      "I am currently making $100,000 per year with two bonus opportunities based on our profits. I am looking for compensation that is aligned with the role and provides an opportunity for growth. Could you share further details with me on your compensation plan?"

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Marketing interview

      "As I am a recent marketing graduate, I would like to be offered a fair salary that reflects my recent education. I am most concerned with joining an organization that will help me to grow my career in marketing. Compensation is not my primary driver."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Retail interview

      "In my current role, I earn a blend of hourly plus commission. This year I am on track to earn $38,000. I am looking for a growth opportunity; however. What might you be offering for this position?"

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Sales interview

      "My current position is unique as I am on 100% commission; however, I have an expense account for all travel, client meetings, and more. Might you have further details on your overall compensation plan?"

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Athletic Director interview

      "I am currently earning a base salary of $98,000 plus a car allowance of $900/month and health benefits. I am looking for a competitive salary in my next position."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Academic Advisor interview

      "I am currently earning a base salary of $78,000 plus full health benefits. I am looking for a competitive salary in my next position."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a ABE Teacher interview

      "I am currently earning a base salary of $48,000. I am looking for a competitive salary in my next position."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Machinist interview

      "I am currently earning a base salary of $78,000 plus a car allowance of $900/month and health benefits. I am looking for a competitive salary in my next position."