What are your salary expectations?
This is a very important question. This dollar amount will be reflected in all of your salary increases going forward. Given that salary raises are generally given by percent, the larger your base salary, the larger the dollar amount of raise in which you will receive. However, if you put a ridiculously high, or low, salary on your resume your chances of a recruiter calling you will steeply decline. When it comes to starting salaries do your homework.
Your experience and chosen work industry is what commands a salary. What experience do you have? What industry are you in? Get on the internet and research the going rate. Figure out the high and low end of the pay scales. Give yourself a general idea of the going rate.
Where is the job located? Research the cost of living. If a job pays $80,000 in Pittsburgh and $80,000 in Los Angeles the job doesn’t pay the same amount. The cost of living in Pittsburgh is far lower than the cost of living in LA. You need to make sure that you are able to live on the salary that you are asking for and what the company is offering.
Research the company in which you are applying and look at their benefits. Sometimes, companies offer lower salaries, but great health and retirement benefits. Some offer great work life balance or working from home. Some companies offer larger salaries, but minimal benefits. You need to know what is important to you.
Before you start negotiating your salary know the lowest salary you can accept and what salary you really would like.
Remember to ask about company salary ranges and evaluation processes during the interview process. This should give you a general idea of how the company handles compensation. You should have this idea before you accept a position with any company.