There are two schools of thought on when to bring up salary during a job interview. One approach is to steer clear of salary talk until after you have a job offer. The other is to find out up front what the salary range is so you don’t waste your time on something you don’t want.
Talking about money is a very individual thing, and you have to figure out which approach is a good one for you. See if this helps:
If you’re fairly new to your career, or you’re struggling in a really competitive job market, you’re probably better off to leave salary talk until after the job offer. Once you’ve sold the employer on your qualifications, you’re in a better position to talk money. For some excellent advice on this salary negotiation approach, read Everyone Can Negotiate.
But let’s say you’re accomplished in your field, you know your minimum worth, and you don’t want to waste your time applying for a job that doesn’t come near paying enough money. Doesn’t it make sense to find out if the salary’s at least in the ballpark before going through the whole application process? I think so! Maybe you don’t want to pin down the exact figure, but knowing what the range is for the position in that particular company could save you and the employer a lot of time.
If you can’t find the salary range for a particular position with a particular employer posted anywhere, here’s what to do:
1. Early in the first phone or in-person interview, ask the interviewer flat out (in a polite, professional way) what the salary range is.
2. Call the Human Resources department of the company and ask them. For tips on how to get Human Resources to fork over the info, read If You Don’t Ask, You Will Not Receive -- scroll down to “Gotta Start With Money.”