When an interviewer asks you about your salary expectations, they try to gauge whether you are a good fit for the position. You should keep a few things in mind when answering this question.
Think about the recruiter's point of view. Recruiters are not your enemies. They want to find the best candidate for the job, both in terms of qualifications and salary. When you talk to them, be sure to be calm and confident. This will help you form a stronger connection and get what you want. If recruiters can't afford you, they won't spend their time with you. So when they question your salary range, they're attempting to figure out if you'd accept the job if it were offered to you. So be honest with your recruiter and suggest a salary range you'd be willing to take. The range includes the smallest amount of money or walks away range you'd take to work and the most considerable and ideal amount of money you'd consider before saying no.
Think about what you bring to the table. When thinking about your range, consider your skills, experience, and what you bring to the company. You can ask for a higher salary if you have a lot to offer. Also, when you're thinking about your range, be sure to consider the company's budget. If the company is a start-up, they might not be able to afford to pay you as much as a more prominent company.
Don't lowball yourself. It's essential to know your worth, not undervalue yourself, but to try and get an offer. Because if you do end up getting the job, you will likely be unhappy with your salary.
Remember that the answer to this question is not set in stone. If the interviewer offers you a salary lower than your range, you can always negotiate.
So here is a summary of three things you should keep in mind.
First, be honest about your expectations. If you have done your research and know the average salary for the position you are applying for, give them a range that is acceptable to you. Please conduct thorough market research before presenting this range. You need to ensure you're not overreaching and overselling short on that range. But be honest; please notice recruiters hate when you are not upfront in this conversation because they don't want to waste either party's time.
Secondly, be flexible. You may not get your first choice in salary, but if the company offers other benefits that are important to you, such as health insurance or paid vacation days, be willing to negotiate.
Finally, don't be afraid to ask for what you want. If you're confident in your skills and experience, don't sell yourself short by accepting a low salary. Ask for what you deserve, and be prepared to walk away from an offer that doesn't meet your expectations.