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Why asking job candidates about their current salary must stop

People entering the workforce in the middle of recessions could carry the economic scars with them throughout their working lives, writes James Moore

Thursday 18 November 2021 21:30
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<p>If an employer is going to ask a cynical question they deserve a cynical and dishonest response</p>

If an employer is going to ask a cynical question they deserve a cynical and dishonest response

What’s your current salary?”

It’s a common question at job interviews and it’s about as welcome as a tuna milkshake the morning after a heavy night when it is posed.

It tells a potential new joiner that what they get paid will be based not on the job they’re interviewing for, on their skills, their responsibilities, their performance, but rather with reference to what their previous employers felt they were worth. Which ought to be irrelevant.

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