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muhsin sabeer
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Joined: Oct 01, 2005
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I have asked for expectation salary before the interview. What should I quote?
Here the information about the job:
The Job Title: Java Developer
Project: Developing (game) application for Mobile phone users

Henry Wong

Joined: Sep 28, 2004
Posts: 20538

This is sort of like a used car dealer asking "how much are you willing to pay?" ...

Seriously, for the used car dealer, I suggest doing some research on Kelly's Blue Book. For this, I suggest either salary.com, monster.com, etc. or other service that have job averages based on experience level, location, and type of work.

Regardless, it is still awkward to just ask for a number. You kinda back yourself into a corner.


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Mark Herschberg

Joined: Dec 04, 2000
Posts: 6037
This post touches on some related issues.

I would hedge and say you're open and let them make the first move.

[ October 06, 2005: Message edited by: Mark Herschberg ]
Theodore Casser
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Joined: Mar 14, 2001
Posts: 1902

To take it another step further, there's the rather Machiavellian point of view that my brother espouses when it comes to these things - the first person to put out a concrete number loses.

It's not really something you can get out of, all the time. (My current employer comes to mind - I tried hedging a bit when he asked what I was looking for in terms of salary when I was interviewing, but he wanted numbers and wasn't offering them up first.) Just a matter of doing due dilligence and having some idea what others in that general area and expertise are getting as salary.

In addition to the other resources mentioned, CertMag.com (free registration) also has a salary search function that's sorted by area and certification if that helps at all.

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Jesus Angeles
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Joined: Feb 26, 2005
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There are lots of good salary negotiation advice on the web.

I used them and got better offers.

One of them is like the one mentioned above, ~'never be the first one to give the price'
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