In the words of Eminem: "Palms sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy."
That's right, the lyrics to that song are actually about the salary expectation question in job interviews (for legal reasons, that is a joke).
Still, the adjectives hold up.
I can't be the only person who rehearses the answer to that question over and over, only to throw that all out the window when the time comes and blurt out a number I immediately regret.
The angel and devil pop up on my shoulders:
"If I say a number too high, they might not hire me."
"If I say a number too low, I'd regret it and might end up resenting the work."
Recently, there has been more pressure to answer this question.
In 2022, the Australian Financial Review reported "workers who moved jobs in mid-2021 nabbed pay rises of between 8 per cent and 10 per cent, far higher than the wage rise they would have obtained had they stayed put."
This has made nailing the answer to the salary expectation question even more stressful. For some people, changing jobs could be their only chance to get their desired salary right off the bat.
So how do we actually go about answering that question? Well, there are a few steps to help.