Does this sound familiar? “I went through 3 weeks of interviews before I found out the offer was lower than what I currently make.” Sucks, right? So should you just tell them what you make currently?
Definitely not. Why not?
When you tell the recruiter exactly how much you make, you have just lost all your leverage in the negotiations. You hopefully want to make more than what you’re currently making, right?
“How much are you looking to make?
"At this point, I’m quite open on compensation. I expect we’ll have a conversation about this further down the line when we decide to work together. I’m open to exploring any offer as long as it is a competitive one."
“Well, we really need to know something or else we can’t move forward in the interview process. We don’t want to discover you’re outside our compensation band and waste your time and ours."
"Would you mind sharing the ranges you had in mind? I’m not quite ready to commit to any hard numbers yet but can tell you if it’s in the ballpark of offers that sound reasonable."