Answering the salary expectation question in interviews can be tricky.

But to make sure you and potential employers are on the same page, it’s important to communicate this clearly in the beginning.

If you have prepared, you will have already made a great impression with your CV. It’s important to prepare for an interview to prove your relevant skills and experience. Failing to prepare for a salary expectation question can catch you off guard. It’s important to know if the new position meets your salary expectations. Likewise, companies want to determine the value they’re willing to invest in an applicant.

Do Your Research

Research is a key part in any interview process. Whether it’s researching the company, competency-based questions or salary expectations. It shows your astute understanding of the company and industry you’re applying for. Here are a few ideas on how to research salaries:

  • LinkedIn
    LinkedIn salary insights give detailed breakdowns of salaries by job title and location. They also provide a salary range. We recommend requesting the median range, unless you have a lot of experience.
    In a similar way to LinkedIn,, the industry leading Hospitality job board offer a fantastic salary checker using industry-specific data to give you a relative a salary average to your role.

Provide a Salary Range

Don’t be shy. Be direct about the salary range you are looking for. Keep in mind that the employer could choose a number on the lower end of the scale. So, make sure that the lower number you offer is favourable to you and in-line with your salary research.

Consider Your Career Goals

When applying to an entry-level position, it’s important to consider that there may be a fixed salary. But it’s still useful to attend the interview with full knowledge of likely salary range. If the salary doesn’t meet expectations, consider whether this position is right for you.

On the other hand, when applying for a senior role such as a Head Chef, consider the worth of your unique skill set. Be prepared to demonstrate any relevant skills and justify a higher salary expectation. A specialist hospitality agency can talk this through with you and help you prepare.

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We hope our tips help – Good luck at your interview from all the team at Platinum

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