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What salary should I ask for my first full time job?

I do not want to ask for too high of a salary because then there is a chance they won't hire me. But, I also do not want to earn less than what I deserve. Should I just take the offered amount or can I ask for a higher price? If so, what are good ways to negotiate a fitting salary? #interviews #salary #salary-negotiation #self-esteem #financial-planning


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Jenn’s Answer

Your salary will depend on the particulars of the job (is it a contract position? is it hourly? is it salaried?), your location, and your field. You can Google salaries for your field and similar positions, as Wael said. You should do some research before your interview so you are prepared if asked for your salary requirements.


As for negotiating, it usually doesn't hurt to try, especially if you're prepared with a good idea of the market rate for your area and field. I'd recommend reading askamanager.com, specifically the letters in the "new grads" and "salary" categories, for some good scripts for negotiating.


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Simeon’s Answer

In general, you're probably not going to negotiate for a higher salary than the one they're offering. They usually would have taken a similar candidate for less pay if they think you will not accepted the standard wage. Don't answer the question "How much do you think you should be paid?" If you answer higher than the amount they plan, they will tell you the amount they planned and give it to you. They're asking because they're hoping you'll ask for a lower amount and they get to take away money from you for free.

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Katya’s Answer

Hi Danish, I think you should do research on the salary in the role and how much the company pays usually. Also, I take online salary assessments pertaining to myself and when I speak with HR I give the highest I’m interested in but I let them know I’m flexible and we can negotiate.

From my experience, which is more then 17 years- if you nailed an interview and if the company wants to hire they would give you their highest because they want to bring you on board. It cost more to train, hire then to bring on board a top talent right away.

So, don’t ask too much , include your work experience, but ask what the company offers based of online research.

You can always negotiate after you get an offer over the phone-usually the company has a scale and can go a bit higher then what you asked. Be confident in your skills and make a great impression at the interview .

What interview did you go for?

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Wael’s Answer

In many cases it isn't negotiable. However, when you have some experience under your belt and a current position you would be able to. I suggest you to ask your friends who just got employed and look at the average salary of what you are interested in online.


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