I've got a little debate going on in my head about asking for salary history when looking for potential candidates. Should you ask for it or not?
My theory is: Asking for Salary History doesn't buy you a whole lot of additional information.
If I'm filling a particular position in my company, the role has a salary range. This is generally defined by the industry. I don't want to offer the new hire something too low (they won't take the position) or too high (wasting valuable $). The salary range has been defined and salary history won't change it.
Instead of asking for their salary history, I'll opt for asking about expected salary. This will at least give me the knowledge about whether to continue the interviewing process.
The reason I'm asking is my boss pushes for it. He uses it as a tactic in an offer to make the offer as low as possible and still hire the new candidate.
What do you folks think about asking for salary history when interviewing candidates?