What Do I Do If They Ask What My Current Salary Is? | JobSearchTV.com

In many parts of the United States, it is now illegal to ask what a candidate’s current salary is but some people still ask it anyway. What do I do if they asked me?

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Jeff Altman
What do I do if they ask what my current salary is? Where I live, that's an illegal question. How do I handle this situation? I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm a career and leadership coach, I used to work in executive search for many years and now I coach people around job search, hiring more effectively, management, leadership, as well as how to solve certain workplace issues.

Now, the question is a great question. Because there are people who don't know, don't care, or just sloppy at times. And I don't believe you tackle it by going "That's an illegal question. You should not ask that question. " That's not the way to do it. All that's going to happen is, you know, you're gonna be rejected. However, there's a way to handle it that's really pretty simple.

All you have to do is to say, "Come on! You know, you can't ask that question. It's an illegal question in this part of the country," because in a lot of places it is. So what you do is kind of be playful with it.

"Come on, you know, you can't ask that question here. That's not a question you're legally allowed to ask," and kind of let it go with that. And they'll go "Really? That's an illegal question?" People know, but they pretend not to know. Let them off the hook. That's your shot at how to deal with that just like any other situation where you have a dumbbell, who asks you something that's illegal, you kind of deflect it and make fun of them a little bit.

If they don't hire you because of that, so what? If they do hire you because of that. You know, that these are good people.

So I hope you found this helpful. I'm Jeff Altman. My website is TheBigGameHunter.us. Go to the site. There's a lot there in the blog to help you. Plus, you can schedule time for a free discovery call, schedule time for coaching, find out about the courses that I offer, my books as well. It's just a lot of great information there. And if this isn't the right time for you to do that, what you can also do is just put the address in your phone. Again, my name is Jeff Altman, and the addresses TheBigGameHunter.us. You can come back to my site at a later occasion.

Also connect with me on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/TheBigGameHunter. Hope you have a terrific day and most importantly, be great. Take care.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with over 2200 episodes.

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