A Decent Proposal

“What is your current salary and what are you looking for?”

A job seeker’s answer, whether on an application or during an interview, gives the hiring company a significant negotiating advantage.

Like pulling a loose thread on a delicate sweater, if one of your best employees finds a much better situation elsewhere, more are sure to follow.

  1. Companies can provide rough compensation information prior to asking job candidates to do the same. This might be after a first interview, so the information is only made available to serious candidates. An obvious drawback is that candidates would have the information advantage.
  2. Both companies and candidates share* their compensation information at the same time.

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