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How to negotiate your salary during a job interview

Posted by | April 15, 2017 | Uncategorized

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For many of us, whether still setting out on our career path or with years of work experience behind us, negotiating or even speaking about our salaries is almost considered taboo. Will they think I’m presumptuous? Should I even mention this now? Is it a good time? Will it ever be a good time? What IS a good time to talk about salaries? These questions are only a fragment of the thoughts running through our mind as we chew on this very important, yet so hard to put in words, topic.

While securing jobs in Malta has become as easy as making a few clicks through maltajobs.com.mt, many people – both at job interview stage and afterwards – still find broaching the subject of salaries like threading on very thin ice. One wrong move and the ground breaks beneath your feet. Here at Maltajobs.com.mt we want to show you how, with a bit of insight and preparation on your part, negotiating salaries is not as treacherous as you might believe.

Check out our Tips For Salary Negotiation At Job Interview Stage

Do not broach the subject too quickly

Job interviews in Malta are typically held over a number of sessions. This allows your prospective employer to get to know you and to be given the chance to assess your qualities better. Broaching the subject after your introduction during your first ever meeting will only give your interviewer the impression you’re there for the money – which does not help your prospects. Ideally, you let them mention the subject first but if they don’t and they allow room for questions later on, you can include a polite question about the expected remuneration for this role.

But what if they ask me what salary I expect?

Before you attend any interview, it is CRUCIAL that you do your homework. Apart from the usual research about the company, check out what the average salaries in Malta for someone with similar responsibilities and experience are. Say you’ve just graduated in commerce and seek a job in Accountancy, check with family or friends what the yearly average gross salary for a fresh-out-of-uni accountant is. It is useless firing sums at random. If this is your first job, you’ll probably be undervaluing yourself while if you’re just changing jobs, be aware that jobs in Malta belonging to different industries might also have different remunerations.

See the whole picture

It is often discouraged to compare one salary in Malta to another, simply because the job in question very often presents a whole package which could include a number of other perks: health insurance, bonuses, paid travels, etc. This particular Marketing agency you could work with might just be able to offer you training in your field, all expenses paid. Or perhaps that architectural firm often brings over renowned experts in the field to give talks. Therefore, before you come to any conclusion, make sure you’re taking everything into account.

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Have a look at our other tips talking about negotiating your salary while already employed.