Talking salary? It's always awkward, no matter how many times you've had the chat. It's important however to make sure you go in prepared and know your worth.
1. Know your worth
Chat to a mentor or someone in a similar position to find out what you should be asking for. Research and confidence are your best weapons here. Back yourself in and remember: you’re worth every cent.
2. Deflect 'that' question early on
If they’re asking how much you want early in the interview, deflect the question. Ask them what their budgeted range is, refer to your research and speak to a broad range. Then you’ll be able to position yourself in that range throughout the interview.
3. Be humble, but don't undersell
You know how good, bad or ugly your recent performance has been. Own your wins and your mistakes evenly, but make sure they know you’re always learning and improving.
4. Don't take the first offer
Well done! They already want you to work there if they’re giving you an offer. But unless it’s a major career move, you should be confident when negotiating dollars and cents. Plus, they’ll respect you if you handle it well. Have a bit of back and forth and you’ll get closer to what you want.
5. Think ahead
Make sure you’re always working towards what you want; it mightn’t be as simple as more money. Think about your future – what about your super? It’s up to you to make sure it’s as happy and healthy as you are.
Now, get out there and talk money like the confident employee-to-be you are!
6. Your job, your super
Let’s face it. We all completely forget about our super until we have to give our details to a new employer. When you start a new job, you give your employer your bank details for your pay, so why not give them your super details too.
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