should i lie about making less in order to get hire?

my current job is an IT support analyst...providing basic technical support to traders, wealth management etc. i currently make $50k, plus $20k in bonus as of this year. im being laid off due to new ceo management and applying to another investment as a desktop support. i dont think i will be making this much in another firm...probably around $40k-$50k. if they ask me how much i currently make, should i lie to them and say $45k and expect they will offer $50k. once again im not sure how much they are just guessing. so to conclude...should i lie to them im making less in order to have a good chance they will hire me. i do want to work for them since they sound like an exciting investment company. thx in advance.

Asked By: seafood10 - 7/9/2007
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Tell them the truth about your salary but let them know you are willing to negotiate given that it is an exciting opportunity. If they ask for salary requirements, give them a big range like 40-50K so you are not out of the ballpark. They might offer you 45K if that's the top of the scale for that job, but since you're... More
Answered By: pandera p - 7/9/2007
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Personally I would tell them I make MORE, so they are able to match it or exceed it if they really want to hire you.
Answered By: Stephanie P - 7/9/2007
don't lie.
Answered By: Jeff the drummer - 7/9/2007
Don't lie. Good companies check that anyways - do you really want to get caught looking like a liar before you've even been hired? Don't include bonus pay. It's okay to stretch the truth on some things but it sounds like you're good at what you do so you shouldn't have to lie about anything. Be confident that you... More
Answered By: Kimberly - 7/9/2007
Always be honest....its really bad if they find out you lie... More
Answered By: geewhiz - 7/9/2007
No don't down play what you are worth. If you tell them you make a lower amount they may offer you less (not more). If you're making $50K tell them, and let them negotiate with you (if needed). Companies are used to having to deal with these things. Make sure you get what you are worth.
Answered By: Simba - 7/9/2007
You can lie, but when they do the background check they will find out the truth. I worked for an IT Consulting firm in NYC for close to two years. One person in particular told me during the interview he was earning 60K. Not a problem. I gave him the forms to fill out to conduct a background check and whent he... More
Answered By: redvelvetflames4ever - 7/9/2007
If 50k pays the bills maybe, but if taking the cut means you are still in the whole no...sometimes people determine your value based on what you made before, after you understand what they want you to do....balance from there..
Answered By: charlisia N - 7/9/2007
Always be honest because they can verify it and if they find you lied (even to their advantage) they will think "If he lied about that, what else is he capable of lying about... More
Answered By: belen2499 - 7/9/2007
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