Feel okay asking about pay

Don’t miss your chance to talk dollars in a job interview.

Talking about pay in a job interview is always a bit awkward, especially because you haven’t necessarily landed the gig yet.

Ask too early and you may undermine your chances, ask too late and you may leave yourself disappointed. But when going for a new job, it’s important to know when and how to pop the question. Below is a foolproof guide for addressing the awkward green elephant in the interview room.

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  1. Timing is everything

    Don't leave pay negotiations to chance, but also be patient and avoid asking about money matters too early. Remember, interviewers usually ask about wage expectations once they’re confident you're right for the role.

  2. Do your research

    It's important to know your worth and rights as a casual, part time or contracted employee. Make sure you know th industry standard rates for the job and your level of experience, even if you’re just starting out.

  3. There’s no harm in asking

    It’s okay to explain exactly why you expect the wage you want, just be sure to back it up with some solid justifications. The interview might be your last chance to ask whether your wage includes superannuation and HECS payments, so don’t be shy.