I am needing some advice. I just received an email from a company that I am interested in. They are requesting my salary requirement. Since I sent them a resume and have not interviewed with them, I am wondering what would be a good response at this point. I am a Controller for a small dealership group and this job is a Controller for a average size newspaper/magazine publishing company.
I would appreciate any suggestions.
Dean, you just have to come up with something - you need to know the range in your industry and then add more for experience. I have always despised this question because I always low-balled and I got stuck at that salary. I would say get some expert advice from people in your target industry if you know any - and if they are willing to share just numbers (not their own salary - sensitive topic ;))! GOOD LUCK!!! Don't low-ball yourself!
I would say be honest. Tell them what you'd be happy with and what you think you're worth. I know many people say you should try to push this back until the very end, but I've given my requirements a few times and found out I'm well above the range they were expecting. Rather than waste their or my time, we can wish each other luck and move on.
You should tell them it is too early to discuss salary. Dan would say "you should wait until after they want you and before you accept". Remember compensation can take many forms, not just the weekly paycheck. You will need to look at the entire compensation package. They don't always stick to their company guidelines, on one job part of the package was one week accrued vacation time the very start of the job, not their company policy. You will just have to play it out, even if it uses up some of your time. Good Luck.