I fell in love with his cool cat and his nifty spectacles so I try to post this picture somewhere, in some fashion, every Friday.
I was recently reading an article on LinkedIN about the interview question: "What is your current salary?" and wanted to share my own personal experience.
I have been asked this question in interviews by recruiters myself, and have been shunned when I asked for the compensation I believe I deserve.
You really have to have mastered finding your next job on your own (not use a recruiter), then you have to convince your potential next employer in the final interview (if you get to that stage), that you do not have to tell your current compensation. Worse, that you can offer the answer: it is not anyone's business. Of course it isn't! This is America. Good luck with that!
With the competition out there now, you had better be in the top 10 talent (or better) in your industry to think that you can barter with a recruiter or a hiring manager over providing your salary history. If they say it is required in their hiring process, you can bet they will not back down. Hear this: They Are Paid To Negotiate Salary. This is their job. If you attempt to initiate this type of conversation, do so at your own risk. Not only will they believe that you are a challenging job seeker, they will assume that you are a problem employee! This is not how you land a position!
My suggestion is to feel it out. Immediately begin to establish credibility and trust with your interviewer. Confide in them. Let the interviewer know right away that you are underpaid in your current or last role (if this is the case).
Let them know that you have done your research and that the going market price for your skills are $(fill in the blank). Let them know that you want to be paid according to your experience. What do they believe you are worth according to your resume and subsequent interview?
In short, tell them your current pay, but also tell them your salary requirement. Stand firm on that if you must stand firm. They will see that you are an honest person, willing to be persistent to see your goals accomplished. This is the type of person who I would like to hire.
Happy Friday and Happy Hunting!