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The Power to Prevent SSIs - June 2017 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 6 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J U N E 2 0 1 7 Ideas Work That T he worst mis- take you can make when discussing salary during a job inter- view: blurting out a figure that's either way too low or way too high. Answering the salary expecta- tions question the wrong way can cost you a job offer. As the head of a search firm exclusively dedicated to recruiting outpa- tient surgery leaders, I've seen otherwise excellent candidates torpedo their chances of landing their dream job by either lowballing them- selves or pricing themselves out of the market by naming a desired salary. How to answer the salary question? Instead of stating a specific number, ask the interviewer for the salary range. Let's say you're mak- ing $85,000 in your current position and would happily leave for $100,000. When you find out that the range for the position you're interviewing for is $120,000 to $150,000, you'll be glad you didn't ask for $100,000! Not only would you have cost yourself at least $20,000, you've now given yourself leverage in knowing what the employer is willing to pay (with salary ranges, it's human nature for you to fixate on the high end and the employer to focus on the low end). Once you know the salary range, you can feel confident answering questions about your salary expectations with this simple phrase: "Based on Secret to Scoring a Higher Starting Salary • YOU GO FIRST If you're asked to name a salary during a job interview, don't reply with a specific figure answer. Instead, ask for the position's salary range. Jason Meehan

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