Out of all of these questions, however, one that may come across as slightly mroe innocuous is "What is your current salary
?" Many job applications inquire about your salary history
, so technically there's nothing out of the ordinary with an interviewer doing the same, right? Wrong.
Being asked for your salary history has, in the past, felt like a lose-lose interview tactic. It's one that puts an interviewee into a metaphoricaly corner where they may feel they have no choice but to awkwardly evade the question, lie, or be upfront and risk being lowballed in a new job role. All of which are not only nerve-wracking options, but can also reinforce a cycle of pay disparities in the working world. Notably, the gender pay gap means that women are still making about $.80 to every white man's dollar, according to Institute For Women’s Policy and Research. Women of color are hit the hardest by this pay discrimination. And being forced to share prior pay intel with potential employers can make escaping the pay disparity cycle feel downright impossible.
If so, be sure to research whether or not your city or state has any laws against salary history inquiries and arm yourself with options.