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job interview question about salary

Hi, everyone. what is the better answer when i m asked, how much salary you expected ?
pps. i had many years experiences in international trading involved both in decision making and operation. i will be much appreciated if someone will give me an idea of swiss average in this field.
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Hi, everyone. what is the better answer when i m asked, how much salary you expected ?
pps. i had many years experiences in international trading involved both in decision making and operation. i will be much appreciated if someone will give me an idea of swiss average in this field.
1. The truth.

2. Not enough years, clearly

3. Swiss average salary is CHF120 000

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Swiss average salary is CHF120 000
Just say it slowly so you can add

...after tax

...plus bonuses

...a month

...and of course you'll be including a car

...and an apartment

...and a concubine
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Re: job interview question about salary

The EF poverty line is 120k CHF. Some people on this forum would not even consider getting out of bed for less than 250k (and a chauffeur driven car is a given).

For more reliable information, I'd suggest using the Federal government's salarium tool (you need to speak French, German or Italien):

http://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/portal/e.../salarium.html

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The personal wages ‘Salarium’ is an interactive application which allows you to obtain for a specific job (economic branch, region etc) and for a selection of individual characteristics (age, level of education etc.) the following salary information:
  • the gross monthly salary (middle or median value)
  • the salary dispersion (interquartile range)
  • factors influencing the salary (table of salary variations by region, level of education etc.)
  • comparison with personal salary data (total salary based on the same salary components as the median salary)
The values calculated by the Salarium are based on a provisional model designed by the FSO (please see details on the method in the info library - available in French or in German) and uses the data gathered from the Swiss Earnings Structure Survey (ESS) 2010, i.e. some 1.4 million salary data from people employed in the private sector.
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Re: job interview question about salary

i had no experiences on interview, last time, i just replied, i dont have a fingure, but i want to be treated fairly. then he insisted to ask me a detailed Nos. i finally said, i m new here.
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Hi, Member C123, I want to give you a thanks. i didnt find how to mark it. i appreciated this link. i will slowly do it later...
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Re: job interview question about salary

One experience that I have made in quite a few interviews that I have now done is that very often companies themselves make an offer. Most HR departments seem to be working with databases which describe median, average, max, min values once a few criteria are given in: qualifications, age, level or responsibility etc. The companies seem to be flexible within this range depending on how desperate they are, but this range is often adhered to.
I found it took the stress out of negotiations, since they themselves made an offer - I must say, I mostly found the offers generous/fair, so it was OK.
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I've always given a range rather than one particular figure. Since I already know what the salary levels are here in my chosen profession, based on my age, education and years of experience, what they've offered has been pretty consistent with my expectations.
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Re: job interview question about salary

Like Latigresse said, go for a range .... (une fourchette) ...

if you know the salary they planed is 120'000, go for a fork 115 - 140 and play looser but interested by position and good company therefore accepting low salary.

Try to speak at the end !!

do not hesitate to answer ... what were you planning to spend for such a function ?? place your offer at the end, after they gave them's.

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The EF poverty line is 120k CHF. Some people on this forum would not even consider getting out of bed for less than 250k (and a chauffeur driven car is a given).
Say what? o.O



No wonder PhD students are considered "poor", given that annual salaries do not exceed 52k CHF.
It's the first time I'm seeing these numbers.
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No wonder PhD students are considered "poor", given that annual salaries do not exceed 52k CHF.
It's the first time I'm seeing these numbers.


(And do you expect to be rich as a PhD student? You get an education in exchange for a lower salary... )
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Re: job interview question about salary

Best advice I've got till now:

Giving an interval with the minimum (you wouldn't like to go under it) and a maximum (which is enough for you at this moment and of course it's realistic).
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Re: job interview question about salary

this is very realistic. everyone has different level of demands.

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Giving an interval with the minimum (you wouldn't like to go under it) and a maximum (which is enough for you at this moment and of course it's realistic).
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i had no experiences on interview, last time, i just replied, i dont have a fingure, but i want to be treated fairly. then he insisted to ask me a detailed Nos. i finally said, i m new here.
This would be considered extremely unprofessional and uninformed here, to walk into a job interview without any ideas or expectations about your salary.
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3. Swiss average salary is CHF120 000
HTH
Not sure if this was supposed to be a joke for EF aficionados.

But the swiss average salary is around half of that, 60'000 CHF / year gross.

Now, for higher-ranked positions cf eg

http://www.payscale.com/research/CH/...zerland/Salary
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Re: job interview question about salary

I think it is equally unprofessional for companies not to state up front before the interview stage what salary range they are willing to pay.

The employer will already know what budget is available when hiring someone. Why not state it on the job advert?

When I was a contractor I always asked the agent what hourly rate range minus agency cut was to be expected. Ditto when applying for permie jobs.

It might be "the way we do things in Switzerland" but that does not make it right.

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It might be "the way we do things in Switzerland" but that does not make it right.
right? No idea what you want to say here but it's expected here to state your salary expectations and your inability to do so will reflect badly on you. No idea whether that's "right" nor not, but I don't see why it shouldn't be that way.
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this is very realistic. everyone has different level of demands.
Do you really suppose that's realistic? As a hiring manager, I would not be inclined to pay you at the top end of your salary expections if I thought I could get you for less. ;-)

That said, there are defined bands where I work, so there's limited flexibility anyway - but I would expect that in most cases, if you give a range you'll get the low end of your range offered to you, unless they're worried about the competition getting you.
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I think it is equally unprofessional for companies not to state up front before the interview stage what salary range they are willing to pay.

The employer will already know what budget is available when hiring someone. Why not state it on the job advert?

When I was a contractor I always asked the agent what hourly rate range minus agency cut was to be expected. Ditto when applying for permie jobs.

It might be "the way we do things in Switzerland" but that does not make it right.

Cheers,
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Because your salary depends on a number of things, like your age, years of experience and your qualifications. If I list a certain numer of qualifications in the ad some of them are a must but some are nice to have. Now if I have all of these then I will get paid more. If I don't but they're still willing to offer me the job and to train me on the job then I will get paid less. Seems logical and fair! You don't have to state an exact number but given an idea and state why you think that should be about what you get. But if you managed to find a job without doing this why does the "Swiss way" bother you? As many things a lot depends on the company and the area you're working in. Switzerland does not only consist of financial agencies where they run business differently...
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Re: job interview question about salary

I think it's helpful to understand salary discussions as negotiations where the HR person is the buyer. He will want to hear the price first, consider if it's too expensive (may be good quality but we can't afford it) or too low (something wrong with the good offered, really desperate for a sale?). If it's outside the range the HR might tell you or just walk away from the deal, if it's within range he/she may give you a concrete offer.
In many countries there are much smaller bandwidths (or none at all) for anything below exec positions, in CH even normal office jobs have a rough 3'500-7'500.-/m range.
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