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When Should Employers Discuss Salary in Interviews?

Knowing when to discuss salary in an interview can be tricky, especially if applicants have expectations but don’t know how to bring it up. 

Here at Ninja Gig, we firmly believe that companies should discuss salary immediately, as this helps avoid attracting applicants that may not accept the salary you are offering. 

To help respect your valuable time and maximize the number of interested applicants you attract, we recommend the following tips.

Job Description and Application

Post the proposed hourly rate or salary range online in the job posting, which will help detour anyone that is not interested in the offered rate from applying. Companies will benefit because they’ll attract more applicants that are interested in the job. Additionally, go a step further and list all benefits, if any, you are offering. A transparent job posting helps to layout expectations and educates applicants about your company.

Initial Interview

Once companies weed through applications for qualified applicants, it’s important to discuss the salary at the end of the first initial interview. This reinforces the pay to make sure it’s within the acceptable amount for the applicant. If an applicant is not OK with the proposed rate, you can forgo wasting additional time and effort on the second or third rounds of interviews. 

To help avoid wasting your time as well as the applicant’s valuable time, discuss the salary range upfront. You can always refine that amount when you present an offer, but it’s best to know that both parties agree on the variable range. 


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