Salary Job Questions: The 3 Most Common Blunders You Never Knew

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Of all job questions, the one that remains most pertinent has always been, “yeah, but how much are you going to pay me?”

Salary negotiating can be as intricate as a chess match, with each party trying to gain the upper hand. There are several pitfalls that can be avoided during the litany of job questions you’re being asked.  These are the most common mistakes made when negotiating one’s salary.

1. Talking about money too soon.

Applicant: Hi, I’m Soandso.
Interviewer: Nice to meet you Soandso, I’m Whatshisface.
Applicant: A pleasure.  So Whatshisface, how much are you going to pay me?

Money should not be amongst the first of any job questions you might have.  Don’t mention salary right away, even if the interviewer mentions that the job is out of your typical pay range.  If you can prove that you’re worth it, you might be able to talk them up to your pay range later.  Salaries are always negotiable, getting kicked out of an interview after only two job questions is not.  Also, if you’re interviewing with a large corporation, there is a good chance that salary negotiations will be done by another person from human resources during the official job offer anyway.  Money shouldn’t be mentioned until after at LEAST the second interview.  According to the bestselling guide, 10 Minute Guide to Job Interviews by Dana Morgan, “He who speaks first loses.” Unless one of the job questions specifies you must give your salary history in order to be considered a candidate, let them do the talking first.

2. Giving too much away.

Interviewer: Well, the salary range for this position is between thirty and thirty five scrabillion dollars.
Applicant: Thirty scrabillion dollars? That’s not enough to cover the bail.

When asking job questions the focus of your negotiations should actually be what you bring to the company, not what you need from them.  According to Morgan, “So what if you have a big mortgage, a new baby, a big car payment, and a college tuition to manage into your budget?” The employer may be sympathetic, but these expenses will not convince her to pay you a higher salary.”  Unless the interviewer’s job questions include ‘How many palimony payments do you need to make a month?’ you may want to hold back.  Again, focus on your value to the company, not how much money you need.

3. Not adhering to reality.

Interviewer: So, we’re a small company of only 5 employees. We start all entry level employees at ___ dollars an hour.
Applicant: How am I supposed to pay for the private jet with that kind of money?

Of course you would like to be earning Donald Trump’s salary. Your mommy may say you’re special, but that doesn’t mean your job questions can bend reality.  Asking for a salary beyond a company’s means when asking job questions comes off as immature, especially for entry level positions.  According to the 10 Minute Guide to Job Interviews, the higher the position, the more room there is to negotiate.  “Negotiating a 10-12% increase over the salary originally offered to you is not unreasonable,” Morgan says.  It’s important to keep this in mind when asking your list of job questions.  Your best possible approach is to find out what the salary range for the position is and adjust your requests accordingly.

In today’s job market it might seem impossible ask for a higher salary when asking your job questions, but that’s not entirely true.  It comes down to three basic rules: Don’t be too quick on the draw, don’t show all of your cards, and don’t have your head in the clouds.  These simple rules can help to make you a master salary negotiator. If done right, you’ll be able to add “How much are you going to pay me?” to your litany of job questions – and you’ll get away with it too!


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5 Job Questions Conspiracy Theories That Might Actually Be True

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"top job questions asked"Trying to creatively and intelligently answer job questions for interviews is tough, if not more tough than getting responses from your resume enough.

If you add into the mix that some of the people or job questions being used in the interview process may be out to purposely sabotage you, interviewing can be a really frightening process.

Of course, job questions for interviews and the interview process itself isn’t out to kill you or destroy your confidence and self esteem, but sometimes employers will use tactics or job questions that are meant to keep you on your toes and even conspire to make you screw up.  This isn’t because they’re soulless lunatics, but rather because they want to know that you have what it takes to stand up against any odds and work your ass off. That’s why once you’ve figured out how to get better than average responses on your resume from employers, you need to get this next thing right.

So don’t let the following 5 job questions conspiracy theories prevent you from seeing through the bullshit and showing off what an awesome fit you are for the job.

1. Watch out for those job questions for interviews that start off with “Tell me About Yourself…”

It’s funny that so many of us still find ourselves baffled by this question.

Usually when job questions like these are thrown at you are all of those sordid secrets and details of your life that you’d rather they didn’t    find out about come to mind.  You know, like your huge porn collection or the fact that you have a thing for guys with tattoos or girls in S&M  gear.

This is one of the most popular job questions asked by potential employers so don’t go in blindly.  Practice what you’ll say, and leave those   personal details out of it and just sell yourself and your amazing personality and job related skills.

2. Be prepared for the “weakness” job questions! It’s pretty much a given that you’re going to be asked the most popular job question in history at some point in your interview.  Don’t let the “tell me what your greatest weakness is” job questions throw you for a loop.


You’re not an idiot (or are you?- if you don’t prepare for this question then you might as well be!) so you should figure out what you’re going to say before you’re even asked these job questions.  And make sure you answer wisely.  If you talk about how your weakness is staying organized, but then don’t mention that you have significantly improved upon that, you’re just telling the interviewer why not to hire you.

3. Look out for the job questions that have no right answers! We’ve all been there.  You’re asked those job questions in an interview that make you say “huh?” that seem to have absolutely nothing to do with the job.  A lot of these job questions are designed to figure out how quickly you think on your feet and some are even designed to test your character and values.


Don’t get daunted, that’s what they’re trying to do!  Just answer the question the best you can….  And be as honest as possible without saying anything bad about yourself.

If the interviewer throws you off by asking what your favorite position is, don’t tell them it’s reverse cowgirl.  That’s not what they’re talking about.  It’s related to the job, silly!

4. Beware of the salary job questions… You think we’d all know by now that this question, while useful and necessary is just a tactic to eliminate anyone that is asking for too much.  And if you ask for too little, you’re at risk of looking kind of lame too.


Make sure you’re prepared for these interview questions well in advance.  You should research how much someone in a similar position with similar background and experience makes, and ask for something in that range.  It’s actually best to aim a little higher than you expect.  For example, if you’ve done your research and know you’re worth $35k with your background and experience, ask for $36-37k but make sure you mention that you’re willing to be flexible so you don’t let the salary job questions make or break your entire interview.

5. Above all, remember that the person interviewing you may not have the last word. You’re so focused on job questions, sometimes you don’t really pay attention to who the heck the person asking them is.  Maybe they’re supposed to be your new boss if you get the job, maybe they’re a Human Resources or hiring manager or even just a recruiter.


Sometimes it’s hard to tell because I’m sure you’ve been on several interviews where the job questions are unorganized, unstructured and the interviewer doesn’t really seem to have a whole lot of experience interviewing people.  This could mean that they’re inexperienced, unorganized… or just that they’re not very friendly or don’t really care.  You do have to impress anyone that’s interviewing you with your answers to job questions, of course, but make sure that no matter what kind of vibe or impression you’re getting from your interviewer (whether they’re a cocky asshole or a clueless idiot or not!) you need to stand out enough in their minds for them to tell whoever is in charge that you’re worth another look… and another interview!

With all of these things working against you, it’s hard to believe that you can ever get through sticky job questions at all.

But it’s not impossible as long as you watch out for these common job questions and sabotages.

Are there any conspiracy theories employed by interviewers that I forgot to mentionhere?  Please feel free to leave a comment and tell me what you think or share your job questions conspiracy theories!


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