Nancy’s Kickass Response to the Salary Question

When you’re interviewing for a new job it’s all but inevitable that you’ll need to answer the salary question.

How you answer and how you negotiate will not just have a bearing on what you’re paid today, but you’ll be locking a baseline in place for how future raises are calculated. You’ll also be setting the basis for how your retirement savings are calculated, bringing your entire financial future into play.

The stakes are kind of high. And if you are being offered a promotion or negotiating new responsibilities for your role, you may need to be the one to broach the subject of salary and be prepared to answer it all at once.

So I was awe-struck by what Nancy W. posted (on my original blog site) in the comments section of The Perfect Come-back to Matt Lauer’s Dumb, Sexist, Interview Question.

As Nancy explains her encounter, she was interviewing for a new job when the salary question came up. “I was asked ‘What would you consider a reasonable wage for someone with your qualifications?'”

Her answer? “Whatever you’d pay a man with my experience.”

Nancy, if you are reading this, firstly… wow, girl! You’ve got moxie!

Secondly, enquiring minds want to know:
How did the interviewer react and how did they answer your question?
Would you do it all over again?
And did you land the gig?

And if you’re not Nancy, scroll down to the comments and do tell: What’s the most badass answer you ever gave in a job interview, and what was the result?

Jo Miller

Jo Miller is a globally renowned authority on women’s leadership. She’s dedicated two decades to helping women advance into positions of influence by leveraging their leadership strengths. Based on her work with hundreds of thousands of women, she developed a pragmatic and powerful roadmap that guides women to become the leaders they aspire to be. Jo shares this proven process in her book Woman of Influence: 9 Steps to Build Your Brand, Establish Your Legacy, and Thrive (McGraw Hill, 2019.)

Jo is CEO of leadership development, consulting and research firm Be Leaderly. Learn more about her speaking engagements at www.JoMiller.com and follow @Jo_Miller on Twitter.

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