THE TRAP QUESTION 2
So we already talked about the 'trap question' earlier. As a follow up to that, today we are looking at another question that jobseekers find tricky during an interview.
It's one of those questions you are almost certain will be asked but you still seem unready for it when it hits you. Some interviewers usually have a smirk on their face when it is asked. Sometimes, the way, manner and time it is asked during the interview throws the jobseeker off balance. Most times the jobseeker is wondering in his mind when the question will pop up and the suspense just drives them nuts.
Most times it is like a bait or a trap that is set for the jobseeker to fall into. How do we answer this question without displeasing ourselves or sending an untrue impression about our value to our potential employer?
At almost every interview we hear the question; "How much are you willing to earn?" We are amiss as to what to say, do we over value ourselves so that when negotiation is done we might settle for something around what we really want.
Do we say the truth and risk being priced further down? Do we underprice ourselves so that we can gain favour and out of desperation get the job quickly?
So many options are running through our heads at that time stemming from the line of discussion preceding it or a sudden realization that the company is worth more and actually capable of paying you more or at least very well.
Guys, the truth is that while the Job Description for that position was being compiled, a remuneration was factored into it. Your response to that question during the interview can in most cases do little to change it.
So when the interviewer asks you the question subtly direct the question back by stating that they are to make an offer for your acceptance and not the other way round. When you have an idea or range of remuneration for that position then you are in a better position to response.
You see it all boils down to composure and clarity of thought during the interview. Make sure you are in control of your emotions at all times and do not be too eager to respond so as not to fall for 'THE TRAP QUESTION'.
Good luck with your interviews people
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