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How to respond when an interviewer asks 'What's your current salary?'


Added 10-31-18 08:02:02pm EST - “Despite being banned in certain places, the common interview question continues to rear its head and requires a fail-safe response.” - Cnbc.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Cnbc.com: “How to respond when an interviewer asks 'What's your current salary?'”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Answer honestly, and you risk getting low-balled and missing your chance to climb the pay scale. Bend the truth, and you might overshoot the mark or, worse still, be found out as a liar.

In the U.S., the once routine query is becoming increasingly uncommon as a number of states, cities and companies have moved to ban it. New York City, Delaware, Amazon and Facebook are but a few of the places to make the shift away from the question.

The move is part of efforts to reduce the gender pay gap. Research suggests that salary history questions can cause pay disparities between men and women to snowball over time.

In some cases, the ban appears to be working. New York City-based recruitment specialist Oliver Cooke told CNBC Make It that one female candidate who interviewed through his firm secured a 100 percent pay increase shortly after the city-wide regulation came into effect.

"I'm pretty confident that if she had said her salary history she would have been offered much less," remarked Cooke, who said he had seen a "big shift" in the year since the roll out.

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