A question - how should I handle a pre-interview question asking how much you want for a job. I know the reason for the question is as a qualifier. I can read about the position, do some research and come up with a number that I think if fair - but I wonder if there's more to it than salary.com and my own industry knowledge. I usually leave some wiggle room on the bottom because I don't want to be excluded if I'm just a little bit too high in my number and I'm out of their budget.
I have a current position twist on this that I also don't know how to account for. I've discussed a specific management opportunity with a corporate HR person and we both agree I'm very well qualified for the job. The twist is the job requires at least one trip a year to a third world country in Africa. There are no direct reports there, the trip is probably an "education of real world conditions" trip. I don't get the impression this is unstable areas such as Darfur or Somalia, but security is a concern in my mind. In your opinion, what kind of salary premuim do you think this should this carry?