Three Top Tips On How To Decline Disclosing Your Salary

7th Feb 2023

It can sometimes be uncomfortable when you’re asked a question about your current salary - you may not know how to respond. It’s important to know that salary disclosure is not an obligation; it is personal information. So how do you respond? There are a few ways to decline yet still answer politely and professionally - check out our top 3 tips below.

Politely decline 🙅

Salary disclosure isn’t obligatory. You can politely decline to share and explain that you’d prefer to have a fair negotiation based on your expertise, skills and experience. A company that is fair and has good values will respect you for this.

If you are unable to negotiate a fair reward for your experience you’ll likely feel unhappy when joining the company. In other words, don’t be scared to assert yourself you’ll be happier in the long run.

Share your desired salary range 💰

You could tell your prospective new employer that you’d first like to hear more about the opportunity and instead ask them what salary range is on offer for the position. Alternatively, you could share your desired salary range instead.

Remind the interviewer that this is confidential 🔒

You can politely explain that salary information is confidential and remind them that you don’t need to share this information.

If the employer is being persistent, you could ask their reasoning for wanting to know. Most employers won’t ask you, so if a hiring manager or HR professional asks you this question, pay close attention to how they respond to your answer and how they treat you following the conversation about salary disclosure. It can be a good indicator of what the culture and leadership is really like.

How do I know my true worth to a company? 🌟

This is only something you can determine for yourself. The first step you can take is to carry out your own research. Take a look at average salary ranges based on your level of experience, location and the role you’re after; it will give you an idea of what salary range is considered reasonable - use this as a guide. 

We often underestimate ourselves and our potential; it’s important not to do this. To help you assess what salary range you should be asking for, you could start by thinking about the following:

  • What skills do you have that closely fit the job specification?
  • Check out how many ‘desirable but not essential’ skills you have. 
  • Check to see if you meet the qualification requirements and whether you exceed what’s required.
  • Think about how your experience could be advantageous in the role you’re applying or interviewing for - the key here is having an understanding of transferable skills. 
Get some examples together so that you can demonstrate this to the company for which you are interviewing.

We’ve also got some tips on how to get noticed by employers, which could help you during your job search. And if you’re looking for your first flexible job, here are some other key things to be mindful of.

Now you're all set to start applying for your dream role! And if you manage to secure a role using the Flexa platform, be sure to send us feedback on your experience, we'd love to hear from you.

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