Biggest mistake in job interview

How Much You Will Pay Me?

One of the biggest mistakes Job applicants usually do is asking the recruiter about the expected salary or its range. Unfortunately, even experts sometimes fall to the same trap.

Financial aspect no doubt is critical when evaluating the offered job. Let’s be honest, no one works for free. Hence asking this question at the interview would reflect a negative prospective at the recruitment end about the candidate. Indicating that he/ she is only concerned about money and would never work unless he/ she got paid. In addition to that he/she is caring more about the salary than the work conditions. In most cases where the
position sought is mid-level to high level, the recruiter is not authorized to declare the salary because this would jeopardize the salary scale policy’s’ confidentiality. Especially where competitive companies in sam industry are looking for such delicate information for thier future financial planning in regard to talents sourcing and their cost. The confidentiality might also be enforced because a company doesn’t want the candidate to be
aware of the highest salary range to avoid his/her strong negotiation where negotiation is one of recruiting most important techniques, especially if he/she know how much he/she strong to fill the position. Eventually asking this question while you’ll be turned down is unsuitable. On other hand, the work market is depending on supply-demand law. If you were
successful in your interview and received a good job offer you’ll have the right to accept it, reject it or negotiate it. Usually you’re applying for a specific vacant. Yet through the interview they may will find you have extra skills and you’re capable to be assigned for additional job. Due to that, the Job offer might be modified and more assignments will be added in order to be benefited better from you. In different cases, you might be the only and the best candidate for the vacant position, and your current salary is higher
their job budgeted plan, therefore an exceptional offer might be requested and applied in order to recruit you. Also, some companies provides many benfits that could be valuable in addition to monthly salary.

Finally, attend the interview when you’re offered one. And don’t ask about the salary. Attending the interview by itself is an exceptional experience. You’ll gain skills in interview which will help you for future interviews. You’ll also be aware of the work market and work nature at other companies. You’ll got the opportunity to be known and introduce yourself. Who interviewed you today and couldn’t match you to his current company needs, might move to another company tomorrow and find you suitable at a position there.

I’d like to mention that HR experts are allowing asking this question in one case; if you’re currently working in job consumes most of your time and you’re willing to keep on itand fears wasting your time in an invaluable interview. Though I disagree with this opinion as I argued through the article, if you had to ask it just pick the best words and pose it politely; I am very satisfied with my current work. And I am earning so and so. My work nature provides me a secured job. Do you think what you’ll offer for me worth the rescheduling and attending the interview?


  1. jhon_22

    My biggest failure was getting sh1tfaced at company events; I was always first to the bar and last to leave. At one particular event our team was invited to a customers HQ for an evening of speakers and drinks; I started off on the champagne, it wasn’t long before I was full of energy and generally harassing the clients, I was a disaster! It wasn’t long until I got fired. I found the next job and did well there for about a 1,5 years until “John Barleycorn” caught up with me again. This time I put on a real show-stopper in front of about 350 colleagues while the after dinner drinks and speeches were being made… oh God… it was the most embarrassing thing I have ever done… not the worst though. That job didn’t last long either. I quit alcohol seven years ago. My life has changed a lot. I am still having difficulty finding the right job but I’m not getting fired, my periods of employment are longer and I don’t find myself in embarrassing situations or being locked in jail for a night. My advice… if it sounds familiar you have a drink problem, if you want a solution read EASYWAY to quit Alcohol by Allen Carr; it changed my life.

  2. Amelia

    Wow, great article. Would be nice to have a couple more good examples though

  3. James89

    Sometimes clients/interviewers don’t understand the role. Ask a lot of questions as often the job isn’t what’s advertised and it becomes evident the work that really needs to be done isn’t on the job description. This can be both a good thing and a bad thing; however, at least you’ll know if it’s still a job you want. Also, it gets you to a point in the interview where they say something like “oh, I was going to ask X; however, you’ve already answered that one”. You’re then controlling the conversation and that’s a nice place to be.

  4. zainab

    I accidentally sent a cover letter addressed to a ‘Mr.’ when it should have been a ‘Ms.’ It was an androgynous name, and I almost considered double-checking the gender of the recipient before I sent it, but I was thought, ‘Nah, what are the odds of me being incorrect?’ BIG MISTAKE. Somehow, I still secured a phone interview. Right before the interview, I googled the person I was interviewing with, starting with her Twitter account. Not only did I realize my mistake, but I saw that on the day I sent in my cover letter, she tweeted she had ‘received yet ANOTHER email addressed to Mr. [name redacted].’ I started panicking and figured that she had just set up a phone interview with me to call me out. So as soon as I got on the phone, before we started the interview, I told her there was one thing I had to tell her before we got started. [I said] I was mortified that I addressed her by the wrong title, but I had learned my lesson and would not do it again if I got the internship. It worked, and now I ALWAYS google a person before emailing them. And, I learned the best way to fix a mistake is to address it immediately.

  5. Aliza Lakhani

    Wonderful information in this post! I really learned a lot! Thank you for sharing it’s useful.

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