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#4557104 - 10/28/17 11:29 AM Tactful way find out job applicant current salary?
Mr Nice Offline


Registered: 09/12/04
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Loc: Orlando, FL
What's the best and tactful way to find out job applicant's current salary ?

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#4557108 - 10/28/17 11:35 AM Re: Tactful way find out job applicant current salary? [Re: Mr Nice]
DBMaster Offline


Registered: 09/18/12
Posts: 5322
Loc: DFW
As someone who has reached a point at which I am willing to take a lower salary to reduce my stress and shorten my commute, what does it matter?

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#4557112 - 10/28/17 11:36 AM Re: Tactful way find out job applicant current salary? [Re: Mr Nice]
TWG1572 Offline


Registered: 12/18/07
Posts: 558
Loc: Madison, Wisconsin
I've always just asked what their salary expectations are. I've found most people come prepared to answer that question. It also puts them a little less on the defensive, vs. the "what are you making now?" comment.

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#4557115 - 10/28/17 11:37 AM Re: Tactful way find out job applicant current salary? [Re: Mr Nice]
JamesBond Offline


Registered: 12/13/06
Posts: 843
Loc: midwest
Go to their house and steal some pay stubs, or just ask them. If they want your job they'll probably tell you.

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#4557118 - 10/28/17 11:40 AM Re: Tactful way find out job applicant current salary? [Re: Mr Nice]
StevieC Offline


Registered: 08/21/08
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Loc: Ontario, Canada
When I have been asked I say that I prefer not to answer and will consider what they (employer) is offering with an overall view with all things considered. Works for me.
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#4557122 - 10/28/17 11:43 AM Re: Tactful way find out job applicant current salary? [Re: Mr Nice]
RedOakRanch Offline


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Loc: Central Coast California
Put the question on the application, out of the hundreds I've reviewed I've never seen anyone decline to answer.
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#4557131 - 10/28/17 11:47 AM Re: Tactful way find out job applicant current salary? [Re: Mr Nice]
Mackelroy Offline


Registered: 12/03/04
Posts: 1006
Loc: Florida /Texas
Originally Posted By: Mr Nice
What's the best and tactful way to find out job applicant's current salary ?


Lets say, someone was making a lot more than you are prepared to offer, does it really matter?


They will state their expectation, and you will offer yours, and maybe you meet up with a accepted number, or not.

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#4557136 - 10/28/17 11:51 AM Re: Tactful way find out job applicant current salary? [Re: Mr Nice]
BobFout Offline


Registered: 03/23/09
Posts: 3189
Loc: Indiana
While my pay is fixed and available for anyone to see, if I worked in the private sector, it's no one else's business. My job history and skill set should be determining factors.


Edited by BobFout (10/28/17 11:51 AM)
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#4557153 - 10/28/17 12:02 PM Re: Tactful way find out job applicant current salary? [Re: Mr Nice]
Wolf359 Offline


Registered: 04/27/12
Posts: 4742
Loc: MA
There's a growing trend in several states to ban asking what a person's current salary is. NY, PA, MA and a few others.

https://www.bna.com/delaware-oregon-enact-b73014453430/

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#4557158 - 10/28/17 12:09 PM Re: Tactful way find out job applicant current salary? [Re: TWG1572]
Mr Nice Offline


Registered: 09/12/04
Posts: 21180
Loc: Orlando, FL
Originally Posted By: TWG1572
I've always just asked what their salary expectations are. I've found most people come prepared to answer that question. It also puts them a little less on the defensive, vs. the "what are you making now?" comment.


I agree with you.

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#4557167 - 10/28/17 12:18 PM Re: Tactful way find out job applicant current salary? [Re: Wolf359]
JohnnyJohnson Offline


Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 2731
Loc: Wet side WA
Originally Posted By: Wolf359
There's a growing trend in several states to ban asking what a person's current salary is. NY, PA, MA and a few others.

https://www.bna.com/delaware-oregon-enact-b73014453430/


Yes and this is why so many companies will only hire you as a temp for 6 months. Too many people fudge their resumes but with time you figure it out and if they did after 6 months you just don't need them anymore.
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#4557170 - 10/28/17 12:20 PM Re: Tactful way find out job applicant current salary? [Re: Mr Nice]
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Most private sector employers will not give that info out... so you have to ask. And if they are smart they will lie and add 5k to 10k or more.
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#4557175 - 10/28/17 12:21 PM Re: Tactful way find out job applicant current salary? [Re: Mr Nice]
92saturnsl2 Offline


Registered: 03/02/04
Posts: 1267
Loc: Flaherty, KY
I never asked nor really cared when I was doing hiring. After the first 15 minutes or so, I already had an idea of the applicants level of talent, and the range of what I might offer/accept. I always made an initial offer that left a bit of room for negotiating up-- If someone took the intial offer and proved themselves by becoming a valuable employee, I'd give them a raise pretty quickly. The goal was never to hire someone at the lowest I possibly could, that's a recipe for unhappy employees and low morale.
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#4557193 - 10/28/17 12:35 PM Re: Tactful way find out job applicant current salary? [Re: Mackelroy]
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Registered: 10/20/05
Posts: 4206
Loc: Atlanta
Originally Posted By: Mackelroy
Originally Posted By: Mr Nice
What's the best and tactful way to find out job applicant's current salary ?


Lets say, someone was making a lot more than you are prepared to offer, does it really matter?


They will state their expectation, and you will offer yours, and maybe you meet up with a accepted number, or not.


When it matters is when they are making a lot less than he is prepared to pay.
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#4557194 - 10/28/17 12:36 PM Re: Tactful way find out job applicant current salary? [Re: Mr Nice]
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Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 41767
Loc: New Jersey
Ive seen resume builders that specifically ask for prior pay. No reason not to - if they really want someone they can beat it. If not, they can match or lowball.

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