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If recruiter contacted you, and when discussing salary, they asked “Why do you think you worth that much?”. What would be the best answer? Does answering with “Oh because I worth that much, as I’ve experienced in using this and that” sounds arrogant?

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  • 17
    Coz they contacted you and not you contacted them..­čśů
  • 10
    Add 20% to current base.
    They are looking to see what your currently worth.
  • 4
    @C0D4 ugh that would be asking too high I think, unless they are like a realy famous company around me
  • 5
    Not arrogant at all, actually its oposite if you've given them your CV and explained are the projects you've worked on plus what problems you've managed to solve, and in the end if they still ask you think then they are the arrogant ones. Plus if you are constantly contacted by many recruiters then it means you do have skills and wide job options.
  • 3
    Like @CoffeeMakesCode said: "Because I have the upper hand."
  • 3
    @echonox seems like they just spamming it to everyone

    @norman70688 “I have the high ground”
  • 5
    @devTea Jokes aside, you may or get less than you want anyway, so why ask less at the first place.
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    @devTea i do agree with @norman70688 always ask 20% higher from what you expect if you have the skills, one of the good things being a developer is that there are always jobs, plus asking higher also makes you look more profesional if the job is proper ofcourse if you ask less they will get the impression that you are beginner in negotions and can't give real price tag so they can manipulate you into accepting even lower offer
  • 4
    Shut them down with a “Cos that’s the industry standard for this role around in this city. I’m sure you’re aware of it” even if you don’t have a ducking clue. They don’t either most of the time and shuts them up. I’ve used this line to great effect so many times.
  • 2
    "Why do you think im not?"
  • 4
    "Because of my skills. Do you think I'm not? You're the one who asked me after all."
  • 1
    I honestly would have basically just said: My CV shows my experience, based on that I price my skills.

    I don't give a damn what they want to hear, I doubt they even ask: Why did x price the computer like that? They just read specs and then, oh ok that's it!. Do recruiters, HR ..etc ever email companies on why they price their products like that? No? Then just shut up and carry on with the interview, they read CV/Profile no need for dumb questions when a proof is provided
  • 6
    "actually i thought i am worth about 20% more but since I liked what your comp does, i am gonna stick to the current" :p
  • 1
    I think that's just someone's smartass question to see your reaction... equivalent to the old "how can you contribute to this company?" - sure, they'll note the answer but it's the whether you go "meh, idk, lol" or not is what they'll be judging.
  • 3
    "One's worth on the employment market is based on a number of factors including relevant experience, available talent, difficulty of position and intangibles such as interpersonal relationships and institutional knowledge. Taking all these factors into account is quite impossible from the outside so I'm giving you a number based on the factors I can take into account. If you have information based on factors I may not be aware of, I'd be open to hearing about them."
  • 3
    This reminds me of something similar that happened to me.
    A recruiter from a hiring agency called me up recently and asked me a similar question.

    Recruiter: so how much are you expecting?

    Me: 6-7 LPA

    Recruiter: whaaaat, sooooo muuuccchhh.....how can you ask for so much with you experience max you can get is 4.5- 5 LPA *proceeds to berate my resume*

    Me: two other recruiters have lined up interviews in line with my expectations, maybe I'm not the one who is bad at his job.

    Recruiter:*click* hangs up on me.

    *30 mins later*

    A different Recruiter from same agency: whaaaat .... Sooooo muuuccchhh....
  • 4
    "Because if I have to deal with you as a colleague, I better be well paid."
  • 4
    "Oh, I'm worth four times that much but I figured since I'll be scratching my balls 90% of the time I might as well give you a discount."
  • 2
    @cprn that comment + the nick = sweet!
  • 1
    As much as possible.
  • 1
    I wouldn't worry about sounding arrogant.

    I'm reminded of a friend of mine who when they was offered a management position with a set salary then said, I want $2k a month more now you have offered me the job, or I walk.

    They caved in and gave them the rise, so they ended up earning $2k more than every other manager at the same level in the company just because of that.

    I have a habit of asking people their salary. :-)
  • 1
    1 word: experience...

    Also I always redirect that question to the headhunter earning almost half of that, it is my way of trolling these fuckheads before I hang up
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    @thevariableman the fucks an lpa
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    Actually it sounds like an arrogant question.

    Maybe I would answer something not related to tech only, like "you can find many people with experience on this technology, but I'm committed, reliable, proactive etc"

    Do your homework anyway and look for average salaries in your region/skill, usually they are available.
    And stay aware of tricky questions. Maybe it's the contrary, you showed an impressive cv but you asked too few money. So they are trying to check if you are lying on your expertise.
  • 2
    ah! and don't forget to ask them, why is it worth to work for you, at the salary you offer?
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    @deviloper yeah great idea, thanks
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    Having someone in the team that is passionate by what he/she does is worth the price. That's what I would say.
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    @delc82 yeah I’m gonna use something like that next time
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    @pullervo My name's Cyprian and since real man need no vowels I abbreviate to Cprn. The fact you can read it "see porn" is just a lucky coincidence.
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