DGP Legal Blog


  • Emma O'Neill
  • Thursday, November 1, 2018

The uncomfortable question around salary expectations is one all job seekers find daunting, so you are not alone!  We wanted to run through a few calming points the ease your mind when caught in the position of discussing your expectation and your worth.


Research and determine your salary

Before entering into an interview do your research and determine your ideal salary. Naturally all candidates in the job market are seeking a slight increase on what their current salary is, and it can be hard to come up with a figure to sum up your sills, experience and qualifications but there are many factors to consider. To give you some perspective, salary is determined by the company size, industry, location, skills and level of experience. We would suggest having a look at a salary guide and ensure that your expectations meet market rates. So where do you sit?   


Recruiter insight

When interviewing with a recruiter it is an open space, so feel free to speak openly and discuss what your expectations are, recruiters are industry experts and can guide you on salary benchmarks and ultimately want to get you the highest possible pay reflective on experience and industry. They know the market, they know their clients and they want what’s best for you! Your recruiter knows what their clients are willing to offer, and they will be able to advise you if you are asking for too much or not enough.


Attending interviews

When you attend interviews, your salary expectations will generally not be brought up with you directly, so you can sit back and relax and leave the negotiations to your trusted recruiter. Discussions around your salary would have been discussed on your behalf by your recruiter.