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What will be the appropriate response to "expected salary" even before the interview?

Recently I applied for an IT job. The company has sent me a form, one of the fields include "expected salary". What will be the appropriate response, should I really indicate the amount, or just negotiable? I have not even been called up for interview!

Asked By: Alexi - 10/13/2009
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Unless you intend to work as an hourly consultant, you do not name an hourly rate. You put down what your annual salary expectations would be. You should have already done the research for Informational Techs in your area so you should have a good idea of what the going rate, for your area, is for this type of work... More
Answered By: Inundated in SF - 10/13/2009
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Put down $5 an hour. They will be impressed.
Answered By: gorkbark3 - 10/13/2009
 
Put down a reasonable salary you expect to be paid. Depending in the IT job... sometimes $8 is appropriate... sometimes $10... sometimes $12. They may already have a set salary in mind anyway, but they want to make sure they are not getting someone who thinks they are getting paid $20 an hour.
Answered By: Jennifer - 10/13/2009
 
find out what the going rate for the type of IT job is in the local area and based upon your needs and experience set a range that you would be willing to take You cannot afford to take the job unless you make at least this and you would like to make this much more than my last job (be reasonable).
Answered By: QuietOne726 - 10/13/2009
 
search around and see thwt IT people get paid in your industry and area. Then ask for the upper limit. Don't short change yourself. If you have a University Degree you should be getting at least $30 an hour.
Answered By: Miss Information - 10/13/2009
 
8 dollars per hour? and u people manage to live with this salary? wow
Answered By: zero tolerance - 10/13/2009
 
You can't go less than your current salary, so you can use that as a base-line to start from... More
Answered By: fizixx - 10/13/2009
 
I would never mention an expected figure then you have no room to negotiate; just say "as offered" or leave it blank and address it during the interview.
Answered By: Spindrift - 10/13/2009
 
I always put 'open' on applications so I don't sell myself short or seem greedy to the point where they look at the app. and say "Oh we can't afford her!" and file me away! heh Open as in 'Open to negotiate a salary', or Open as in 'Open minded to the pay scale'...see? It works both ways! =)
Answered By: Pizzt - 10/13/2009
 
I Usually put down "The regular starting point" or "beginner" anything that wont indicate that i'm greedy.
Answered By: ~*Honest Blunt Opinioner*~ - 10/13/2009
 
I think that putting "negotiable" down is best. That way, you're not at risk of low-balling yourself. They may actually be willing to pay you more than you list as your expected salary...but will definitely offer you the lower salary if that's what you're willing to accept.
Answered By: 04Solara - 10/13/2009
 
Just leave it blank. Period... More
Answered By: BBG - 10/13/2009
 
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