What salary package are you expecting for this role?

  | James Innes

     

What salary package are you expecting for this role?

Alternative and related questions:

What would you consider to be an appropriate rate of remuneration for this job?

The meaning behind the question:

There’s nothing complicated about this. Regardless of what you’re currently earning the interviewer wants to identify what it is that you want in order to work for their organisation – and to assess how that fits in with what they’re prepared to offer.

Your answer:

This is not nearly so simple to answer as the previous question. You need to have thought through very carefully in your own mind both what salary package you can reasonably expect and also what the minimum is that you would be prepared to accept, assuming the job itself was suitably attractive. These are issues only you can decide but it will certainly help to have an awareness of what your ‘market value’ really is. This will take a little research. But that’s not to say you should give a precise answer. Unless you have a firm job offer in hand, it’s best to dodge the question slightly and quote a range of possibilities.

Example:

The opportunities I’m currently pursuing generally involve salary packages between £35K and £40K and I am comfortable with this range. While the salary on offer won’t necessarily be the deciding factor in my choice, I am naturally keen to achieve a position which offers nearer the high end of this scale – a package which best reflects my worth.

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