However, everyone must ultimately decide their salary request themselves. Before making the decision, you should consider the job requirements, your skills and experience and, naturally, your current salary level if you are employed. You should also think about the salary for which you would be willing to change jobs.
Setting your desired salary way too low can be a sign that you do not value your skills or that you are unfamiliar with the job requirements. You may also later regret setting your salary request too low: why did I agree to do this job for that amount of money? Making up the difference in salary can be hard later on.
Agreeing on a lowball salary is not a smart move for the employer either: it does not motivate high performance or ensure commitment to the job or the employer, but instead the employee will be constantly looking for a new job. If your salary is low at the start of your career, it will often affect your entire career. Your salary will remain low in comparison and, over time, you will see the concrete effects of this in the amount of pension you are left with at the end of your career.
Many are concerned that setting their salary request too high can prevent them from even being invited to an interview to talk about their skills. We would argue that this is rarely the case, unless your requested salary is way off the mark, thousands of euros too high. A salary request that is much too high – or too low – can also be a sign that you have not researched the position at all or that you do not know its requirements. You should not expect the salary of a CEO if you are applying for a specialist role – and vice versa.