Job interview questions and answers (Part 11): What are your pay requirements?

Job interview questions and answers (Part 11): What are your pay requirements?


In this week’s job search tip, we’re gonna be going over the job interview question, what is your pay requirement. That’s coming up! Hey guys, I’m Kim with Snagajob, your number one source for hourly jobs and welcome to Job Hunters our weekly job search advice show. We show you everything from resume advice to interview tips and everything in between. Today we’re gonna be talking about the job interview question what is your salary requirement. You may hear this worded as what do you want to make or what kind of salary are you looking for. So this question can be super awkward. You want to make a good amount of money but you also don’t want to scare the employer away by thinking that your just way too expensive for them. I guess $200 an hour. I won’t settle for anything less. It’s gonna take $13.37 on the dot. I’ve worked out the finances and that’s what I need. Anything. I’m desperate. I’ll take whatever you’re offering. So these answers might make the employer a little nervous about you. You don’t want to look desperate. They may think that you’re looking for just any job and not their job in particular. You don’t also want to scare the employer away by looking like you’re just way too expensive for them to hire. So this can be a little scary but some research can make this much easier. Do an internet search for the average pay for that position in your area. For example, a cashier in Nashville, Tennessee will probably on average make a different amount than a cashier in New York City. So use this research to give them a range that you think they can pay you and make sure you end it by telling them it is negotiable. I’d really like to make somewhere between $9 and $11 an hour but that’s negotiable. So this answer gives the employer a range they can work with which is also the average of that position in which you are interviewing for. So thanks for joining us today. If you like this video, please let us know so we know to continue to make videos like this. And if you have any questions about your job search in general ask us below and we may even make a video about it. And make sure you click on that button over there so you can subscribe to our YouTube channel where you’ll get a new job search video every week. And if you’re ready to get your job search started, click that button down there and it will take you to snagajob.com where you’ll find tons of jobs in your area. Have a great week!

22 thoughts on “Job interview questions and answers (Part 11): What are your pay requirements?

  • We sure can! Just added it to production calendar! Make sure you're subscribed to our channel so you know when we post the video! Thanks for the request!

  • I'm wondering how to answer this question when I'm gonna be applying for my first real job and I'm obviously gonna start with minimum wage. Isn't it dumb to say anything more or should I just say "I'd like to start at $7.25 an hour and hopefully move up with experience"? I'd appreciate advice on that. You should make some videos for young people getting jobs 🙂

  • can you make a video for question below:
    1. if there have only 3 candidates, why i have to choose u?
    2. what can make u outstanding from other staff??

    thank you very much !!!

  • I love these bloopers! It makes me smile! 🙂
    I actually filled in my application to $8-$9:00 an hour! I looked up their site and it didn't say what the job makes. No matter! Great tips! These are very helpful! 🙂

  • How can I explain to the interviewer that I need a flexible schedule? (I'm a high school student athletic trainer)

  • How would you answer the question . Asked of you from what I see that you are over qualified for the position we are offering

  • My job interviewer gave me mixed signals about whether or not to call him back I'm not sure if he's interested in hiring me. I realized I sounded desperate during my interview I should wait right? He did say he wanted me to call him back but he hasn't called yet…

  • For pay and more detailed job information, Glassdoor.com has good information on the companies, and it includes reviews and salary infomation. They also list job interview reviews and interviewees will specify what questions they were asked and whether or not they were offered a job or not. I've found it a good resource for preparing for interviews because you won't be caught off guard by interviewer questions.

  • Is it okay to tell the interviewer that your willing to take whatever the starting rate is ? Or is it better to have a range of what you want ?

  • Is it okay to tell the interviewer that your willing to take whatever the starting rate is ? Or is it better to have a range of what you want ?

  • Is it okay to tell the interviewer that your willing to take whatever the starting rate is ? Or is it better to have a range of what you want ?

  • I was terminated from my job and I'm back on the job hunt unfortunately. What should I say for a salary since that job was the highest paying job what should I do.

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