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37. What is Your Current Salary?

Companies tend to work out a specific hiring process. Therefore, asking about the current salary is unacceptable because it is payment for another job in a different environment. In addition, it’s illegal to ask like that in several cities and states, including New York City; Louisville, North Carolina; California; and Massachusetts.

Possible answer for “What is your current salary?”:

“I would like to know more about this role before discussing salary. I’ve done a lot of research on [the company], and I’m confident that if she fits, we can agree on a fair and competitive number for both parties.”

Tips for answering the question “What is your current salary?”:

  • First of all, you should realize that you are being asked an illegal question.
  • If you’re brave enough, you might find this question offensive and wonder why a company that pays its employees a fair wage would know how much another employer is paying.

What mistake should not be made when answering the question “What is your current salary?”:

  • Honestly answer the question posed and thereby worsen your position in the negotiations.

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