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Articles and tools to help navigate compensation discussions

“What are your salary expectations?”

Answering interview questions is rarely easy, but when a hiring manager asks a job candidate what their salary expectations are, what ensues can be described as a mountain of additional pressure.

While it’s not easy to negotiate salaries, it is easier to get the salary you want if you can negotiate it before starting a new job, rather than pleading for a raise in the future. At the same time, job candidates may worry that suggesting a salary that’s too high may take them out of the running.

So, how should job candidates answer salary questions?

The following resources can help jobseekers and career practitioners successfully navigate compensation discussions that take place during the interview process.

Articles to help candidates address the “salary expectations” question in an interview
3 Simple Salary Negotiation Tips You Need to Double Your Offer (Cultivated Culture)

In this article designed to help candidates negotiate a salary they deserve, Austin Belcak, the founder of Cultivated Culture, is inspired by his own experience with salary negotiation. He started out receiving salaries based on very little or no negotiation, and then managed to increase his salary with confidence by the time he got his third job. To help other job candidates negotiate their preferred salary, he shares his tips in this article organized in the following three parts:

  • Part 1: Why You Always Need To Negotiate Your Salary & Benefits
  • Part 2: Salary Negotiation Starts Early In The Interview Process
  • Part 3: A Step-by-Step Guide To Negotiating A Salary & Benefits Package You Deserve
9 Things to Never Say in a Salary Negotiation (Glassdoor)

While most articles explore what to say to help negotiate a desired salary, this article helps job candidates by drawing their attention to nine things not to say, and why. 

How to answer the “salary expectations” question (The Globe and Mail)

In this article, Eileen Chadnick – principal of Big Cheese Coaching – provides direct, clear and actionable tips for answering the “salary expectations” question during an interview. She explains why an interviewer may be asking this question, and how you can shape your response so that you not only answer the question, but also demonstrate that you’re an excellent choice for the job.

How to Answer: “What Are Your Salary Expectations?” (Big Interview)

This article, written by interview coach and Big Interview co-founder Pamela Skillings, helps job candidates tackle the “What are your salary expectations?” question from multiple angles. The article explores:

  • Why the question is asked
  • Two forms the question might take
  • Four problems with revealing salary expectation too early in the interview
  • Tactics to delay answering the salary question
  • Tips for researching reasonable salary ranges based on the job position, company size, location and experience level
  • How to answer “What are you making now?”
  • Tips for salary negotiation
How to Negotiate Salary During The Job Interview Process (The Interview Guys)

Written as though Mike Simpson, co-founder and CEO of TheInterviewGuys.com, is talking directly to you – and with a lot of understanding for what job candidates are going through – this article emphasizes helping job candidates boost their confidence to a healthy level that will help them negotiate their desired salary. Simpson also offers detailed tips on not only how to negotiate your ideal salary but also at what point in the interview process, with tips designed specifically for multi-step interviews and “one-shot” interviews.


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Mind the Pay Gap: Tips to Navigate Salary-Based Interview Questions (The Riveter)

This article explores the following aspects of answering salary-based interview questions:

  • The difference between questions about salary history versus salary expectations (in some places, it is illegal to ask about salary history)
  • Tactics for delaying and deflecting answering the question
  • Tips for answering the question directly
  • Tips to help determine a reasonable salary, as well as compensation and non-compensation factors that might influence the way you perceive salary
  • Negotiation tactics for women
Top 10 Tips for Salary Negotiations (Canadian Living)

In addition to providing tips for strategically answering the salary expectations question, this article provides suggestions for guiding how you approach your answer and shaping how you see your ideal salary.

Resources for salary range research
2021 Canadian Nonprofit Sector Salary & Benefits Report (Charity Village) [Report] 

Described as being “the most comprehensive of its kind in Canada,” the Canadian Nonprofit Sector Salary & Benefits Report provides up-to-date information regarding compensation and benefits packages in Canada’s non-profit sector.

To help with salary research, you can purchase the 2021 report or watch this webinar recording that provides a basic introduction to the report, a review of the executive summary and tips regarding how to interpret data in the report.

Glassdoor [Website and tools]

Glassdoor enables you to search for salary information by location and job type or company name. You can also use its salary calculator to get a free estimate of a customized recommended salary based on your years of experience, job title, location and company, or use Glassdoor’s “analyze offers” tool to analyze offers and receive negotiation tips.

Job Bank (Government of Canada) [Tool] 

The Government of Canada’s salary tool provides information on low, median and high hourly wages organized by location (province or territory and region). You can search by job type or location (city or postal code).

Salary Data and Career Research Center (Canada) (PayScale) [Tool]

PayScale provides multiple ways to direct your salary and compensation research. You can search for a customized salary recommendation by inputting your job/title, years in field and location, or conduct a broader search by filtering by job, employer, industry, degree/major subject, certification, skill/specialty, school attended or location.

Additional reading regarding questions about salary history

 

Marisa Baratta is a writer and editor who lives in Ontario with her husband and their daughter. She loves writing, especially fiction that touches your heart, opens your mind, makes you laugh and inspires positive change. Her shelves are lined with short stories, poems and chapter books she wrote since she was five. She can often be found writing, reading, cooking, walking near trees or spending time with her loved ones.
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