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Asking about salary when it is not posted on job listing?

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Asking about salary when it is not posted on job listing?

I am tossing around the idea of going back to work f/t if the right opportunity presents itself. I submit my resume if something I may be interested in pops up. I submitted my resume a couple of weeks ago and someone just called me and left a message.

Is it appropriate for me to ask over the phone what the salary is so I don't waste my time going on an interview? I've been out of work for 5+ years so I dont remember the "right" and "wrong" things to ask Chat Icon The p/t job I have now I got through a family member so I knew the basics coming into it.

Any advice is helpful Chat Icon

Posted 5/2/11 1:03 PM
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Re: Asking about salary when it is not posted on job listing?

Generally, I would say no - don't ask but given your situation (not in the work force for at least 5 years), it may be a good idea to word it as follows: "I noticed no compensation was listed in the job posting. I'd like to confirm if the position is a paid position or an internship, and is it a straight salary or hourly-based.." I would probably inquire about that AFTER you receive an interview date though.

Posted 5/2/11 2:25 PM

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Re: Asking about salary when it is not posted on job listing?

I would go just to brush up on interviewing skills and then approach it the way BatGirl mentioned towards the end of the interview. Unless it's commuting really far to get to the interview, I wouldn't ask over the phone.

Message edited 5/2/2011 2:45:56 PM.

Posted 5/2/11 2:45 PM


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Re: Asking about salary when it is not posted on job listing?

When I was in a hiring capacity, and even when I've posted about job openings on here, I've had people ask me. I think it's a fair question.

I know where I work I would not be able to really answer anyways because outside of our super entry-level positions, we pay a range based on experience and education, as well as duties they will expect of you. No one makes the same for the same or similar positions at my job.

Your salary is always determined after they meet you and decide if they want to hire you or not.

I haven't been on an interview in awhile, but I have felt like I wasted my time on some in the past because the salary was ridiculously $20K lower than what I am making now with ridiculous requirements such as transporting clients in my own personal vehicle. Wish I had asked before going on the interview!!!

Posted 5/3/11 6:03 AM

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Member since 5/05

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Re: Asking about salary when it is not posted on job listing?

I think its ok to ask, its all how u phrase it.. i always say would u be able to tell me the salary range for this positoin Chat Icon

that way it doesnt seem ALL about the money :)

Posted 5/3/11 9:46 AM

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Member since 7/05

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Re: Asking about salary when it is not posted on job listing?

I usually ask a candidate what they're looking for in terms of compensation on a phone interview as I'm not looking to waste anyone's time.

I see nothing wrong with asking & agree it's all in how you ask.

Posted 5/3/11 4:52 PM

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