3 Tips for Discussing Pay During Interview

At the end of the day, even if you love your job, everyone goes to work to get a paycheck. Everyone need to pay for utilities, support their families, and save for retirement. But, companies want a new hire who is genuinely interested in the job and company culture, not just a paycheck.

But when are you supposed to bring up pay then? And how should you ask? Weโ€™ve got you covered.

๐Ÿค๐Ÿผ Before you bring up pay in an interview, make sure you have some idea of the pay range (and benefits) that you should be getting. This is both to make sure your ideal pay range isnโ€™t out of line for the position youโ€™re interviewing for, and to ensure you know your worth. Know that you donโ€™t have to accept the first pay offered! Negotiating is a normal part of doing business.

๐Ÿค๐Ÿผ As we mentioned before, you donโ€™t want to bring pay up too early in the interview process. Use the earlier interviews to get to know your employer and show youโ€™re the best person for the job.

๐Ÿค๐Ÿผ If the pay still doesnโ€™t match up to what youโ€™re looking for after getting offered the position, itโ€™s time to negotiate. Thereโ€™s no problem with asking for additional pay. If the employer canโ€™t match the pay you want, consider asking for changes to their benefits package, such as more PTO days or hybrid/remote work.

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