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Tactful way find out job applicant current salary? #4557104
10/28/17 10:29 AM
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Mr Nice Offline OP
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What's the best and tactful way to find out job applicant's current salary ?

Re: Tactful way find out job applicant current salary? [Re: Mr Nice] #4557108
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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?

Re: Tactful way find out job applicant current salary? [Re: Mr Nice] #4557112
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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.

Re: Tactful way find out job applicant current salary? [Re: Mr Nice] #4557115
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Go to their house and steal some pay stubs, or just ask them. If they want your job they'll probably tell you.

Re: Tactful way find out job applicant current salary? [Re: Mr Nice] #4557118
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ON, Canada eh?
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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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Re: Tactful way find out job applicant current salary? [Re: Mr Nice] #4557122
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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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Re: Tactful way find out job applicant current salary? [Re: Mr Nice] #4557131
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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.

Re: Tactful way find out job applicant current salary? [Re: Mr Nice] #4557136
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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.

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Re: Tactful way find out job applicant current salary? [Re: Mr Nice] #4557153
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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/

Re: Tactful way find out job applicant current salary? [Re: TWG1572] #4557158
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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.

Re: Tactful way find out job applicant current salary? [Re: Wolf359] #4557167
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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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Re: Tactful way find out job applicant current salary? [Re: Mr Nice] #4557170
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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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Re: Tactful way find out job applicant current salary? [Re: Mr Nice] #4557175
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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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Re: Tactful way find out job applicant current salary? [Re: Mackelroy] #4557193
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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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Re: Tactful way find out job applicant current salary? [Re: Mr Nice] #4557194
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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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