Why won’t you tell a candidate the salary range for a position?
A candidate got up and walked out when one company balked, according to a story shared at Reddit’s r/aita group. The poster explained:
15 minutes in they had not talked at all about compensation so I asked. The interviewer told me that “it’s bad mannered to ask for a salary this early in the process.” I just smiled and said that I disagree and that I was not going to waste my time entertaining an offer if they could not compete. He tried to argue back that they were a startup and yada yada so I just did what I did before. Stood up, thanked him for his time, and left.
The hiring manager–who turned out to be the CEO–flipped out, and the recruiter was angry enough to make a passive-aggressive post about it on LinkedIn.
Listen, I know there’s a long tradition of holding off on salary information as long as possible. Candidates aren’t standing for it anymore. The concept is that you get the candidate so excited that they’ll take the job even if the salary isn’t great.
This is a terrible strategy.
To keep reading, click here: The Candidate Walked Out: Why You Need Salary Ranges Upfront