Quick question

I have an interview with a good company tomorrow. They indicated I should arrive early to fill out an application (no problem) I found the application on their website and decided to review it, there is one question I need advise with:

Starting Salary Expected

Should I leave this blank on the application? Or fill it in?

What are your thoughts?


karaikudy's picture
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In our part of the world we fill in "Negotiable".


rich's picture

Thank you Karthik!

I think I have tunnel vision from studying for interviews!!

Appreciate the feedback.


TomW's picture
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I just filled it in with what I wanted when I ran into it.

vinnie2k's picture

[quote="TomW"]I just filled it in with what I wanted when I ran into it.[/quote]


I think the question is more: how do you determine what the number is?

My suggestion would be to a) do research ( online b) compare what/where you are with respect to what/where you will be

Be ready to accept an offer with that number on it.

Do NOT negotiate.

(all this covered in the interviewing series)

Mark's picture
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This is not an interview question, so I'd also recommend putting in "negotiable".


rich's picture

Thanks all!

Negotiable is what I went with.


vinnie2k's picture

[quote="mahorstman"]This is not an interview question, so I'd also recommend putting in "negotiable".

It's on a form which will be used during the interview, so why put something different on that form than what you will say during the interview?

Mashuu's picture

Marvellous day,

similar situation here. This is what they ask:

Please submit your curriculum vitae and cover letter in English, as well as your salary expectations and availability to [e-mail]

And im trying to figure out a number. What they seek seem very specific (Know 3 or more languages, Knowledge of Lean and PMI, willing to travel, 3 to 6 year of experience, etc...) and since it is in another country, I don't have a feel for what is right yet.

Should I say a figure in my cover letter? (Along the lines of: My reasearch tells me around x$, of course i'm open to review that based on opportunity and benefits...) Or just say, I'm negociable? 

Thank you and have a great day. 

timrutter's picture

I'd use Marks' advice Mashuu. Negotiable is a perfectly acceptable answer.

To expand, salary isn't an interview question, it's part of the offer.