Wednesday, May 16, 2007

opportunity on the horizon

I got word today that I have scored an interview for the open position at my company that I applied for on the 4th of this month. It is more closely aligned with my experience and skillset, so I think my chances are pretty decent of getting it. It would also look great on the resume for when I want to transition into something else later on down the line. Not to mention the fact that it is supposed to "pay a lot" according to a co-worker that knew the girl who previously had the position. And best of all, it would enable me to stop the job hunt. Ah, that would be nice.

After reading all the recent articles on why women make less than men, I really want to make sure that I go into this interview educated on what the average pay rate is in this area for this sort of position and be prepared to ask for what I think is a fair salary. Sadly, I have no idea what they are planning on offering. I hate when places do not post a salary range for positions because it just sends the message that they want to screw you if they can. Meaning, if you short sell yourself and ask for less than what they were prepared to pay, then they want to take full advantage of that.

So, I'm going to research what the position pays in this area, then I'll ask for the high end of that. Hopefully, this will result in them offering me the mid-grade of the salary range, with them thinking they have won the negotiation, instead of them saying "no, thanks, we'll find someone else."


Jon said...

Good luck with the interview. I can speak from experience when I say that going with the proper research regarding your salary range can be a huge factor in determining your initial salary. Your initial salary is what all future raises, bonuses, etc are based on, so you really only have one chance to get it right! I can't remember specifically the sites I used when negotiating my current job's salary, but a Googling "salary calculator" will return some pretty good results I imagine.

ellen weber said...

Congrats on getting the interview. I'd zap your mindset to confident before you go in with similar salaries for similar positions in hand, and then show a willingness to take a midway point in all you find -- a gesture of goodwill to the firm and to you.

The other thing I'd suggest is to ask questions and to start your own answers to their questions - with a personal note such as, thanks for asking that ... or that's a good question...

People with confidence and with clearly stated expectations that consider the well being of an organization -- give wonderful signals to the brains on the other side. In other words add serotonin to the room for a show in:-)as in

Rooting for you for this end!