Why You Should Only Ask About Pay Later In The Interview Process

June 25, 2018
Rachel Mosley

Why You Should Wait To Ask About Pay Or Benefits Until Later In The Interview ProcessYou are in an interview, and it is your turn to ask the recruiter or hiring manager a question. What do you want to know? You might be curious about the pay and benefits offered, but don’t ask about that too early! Asking about compensation before you get the chance to showcase your best attributes could harm your interview; therefore, it is in your best interest to wait and talk about it later.

If you ask about pay and benefits too early during your interview process, it could prevent you from receiving an offer.

3 Reasons To Avoid Asking About Pay Too Early In The Interview Process

Reason #1: Takes focus off your skills / background

An interview is a chance to show the hiring manager who you are and the skills you have that will help you succeed at the job. If you start asking questions about pay during the interview, it can take the focus off of your skills and background. Use the interview to share information about yourself. Show them why you would be the best fit for the job and worry about the rest later.

Reason #2: There may be other doors to open

Utilize the opportunity to show off your skills and inform them of what you have to offer. Doors will open when you focus on how your skills can help the company succeed.

We once had a candidate that was interviewing for a job and realized they were more experienced than we anticipated. The candidate handled the interview professionally even when they knew they were over qualified for the position. They focused on their skills and how they could contribute, which created a more straightforward conversation. The hiring manager recognized the candidate’s skills and experiences and took them to another department to interview for a senior role instead. The candidate would not have known about the available senior position had she dismissed the original opening due to compensation.

Reason #3: You never know what the future holds

This is your first impression. If you spend time talking about pay and benefits during the interview, you could miss the chance to show the hiring organization your best qualities and lose future opportunities.  If the position you are interviewing for is not a good fit, the hiring organization will remember you in the future and place you in another position that better suits you.

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