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Old 23.04.2008, 17:33
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company asking for salary expectation

Hi,
my hubby has just applied for a job as a construction manager, with overseas travelling about 50% of the time to manage overseas project. The company are asking him what his expected salary would be, not sure what to answer, as have no real idea what to expect.He has 20+ years experience, degree qualified with an MBA. Don`t want to price him out of the market by giving too high an expected salary.
PS he has not been interviewed yet.
any advice?
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Old 23.04.2008, 17:38
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Re: company asking for salary expectation

I would suggest that your husband ask the company what salary range they are projecting for this role, with an indication of the skills/experience needed for the 2 extremes of this range.
I find it amazing how often companies ask this, I feel rather than the potential employee 'pricing' themselves, the company should put a salary projection on the job/function.

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Re: company asking for salary expectation

Never show your cards first. Don't tell your expected salary before hearing at least the "range" they are prepared to pay.

If you tell them an amount, they will just offer that amount plus a few thousand on top. They may have been prepared to pay much more.
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Old 23.04.2008, 18:08
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Re: company asking for salary expectation

An experienced project manager would know how resources are priced. Also would have the previous salary as comparison, which can be scaled to compensate for anticipated hardship (e.g. away from home).
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Old 23.04.2008, 18:12
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I find it amazing how often companies ask this, I feel rather than the potential employee 'pricing' themselves, the company should put a salary projection on the job/function.
Barbra.
In any negotiation, the buyer (in this situation the employer) asks the price, and the seller (here the potential employee) quotes the price. So it is legitimate for the employer to ask.
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Not necessarily. Auctions refer.

This has been discussed before a number of times and basically the best advice I can recall is: ask for band of salaries as BHBT MBA has already pointed out out, and make sure your subsequent offer is a reasonably close figure above the top of the band. You get what you negotiate. The discussions will also provide you with more details of the overall role and and opportunity to investigate other aspects of a deal (eg expenses, travel time, care, class of hotel, insurances etc)

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In any negotiation, the buyer (in this situation the employer) asks the price, and the seller (here the potential employee) quotes the price. So it is legitimate for the employer to ask.
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Re: company asking for salary expectation

He has no idea of the normal salary range as he has never worked in Switzerland and is currently commuting London -Geneva, where he has a fairly decent wage plus benefits. This job is also different from any he has previously looked at due to the amount of overseas travel etc
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Re: company asking for salary expectation

When my husband went for an interview in January they asked him what he wanted for a salary, and he said a very high price, they said that was a little too high so they came to a comprimise
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When my husband went for an interview in January they asked him what he wanted for a salary, and he said a very high price, they said that was a little too high so they came to a comprimise
I agree with Sutter.

Try knowing the market price. If it is not possible by that time, you calculate what is best for you in switzerland and quote 50% to 100% more.

If the company does not consider previous salary and pays one based on the skill and experience, I think you should quote double than what you are currently expecting. Then you can be happy with what ever you get. Corrections can always be made later on during appraisals.
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Re: company asking for salary expectation

i have to disagree with Prasad

In my company ( and i don't beleive we are unusual), you negotiate ONCE (on joining), any subsequent changes at annual appraisal would be unlikely to correct a major underhoot on entry...............
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Re: company asking for salary expectation

I once negotiated a high entry salary. Subsequently, I got no standard increases, for many years, till I was back within the band. Never mind.
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Never show your cards first. Don't tell your expected salary before hearing at least the "range" they are prepared to pay.

If you tell them an amount, they will just offer that amount plus a few thousand on top. They may have been prepared to pay much more.
I agree fully.
I did this when I first arrived, made a huge mistake and realized how expensive Switzerland is ...
should have held out and called their bluff.
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When my husband went for an interview in January they asked him what he wanted for a salary, and he said a very high price, they said that was a little too high so they came to a comprimise
This does not necessarily end up with compromise, I've known this to backfire for people. They can end up saying NO without compromise.
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