What can a person say when they apply for a job and get the phone call from the recruiter doing the screening when they ask you about salary right at the start and they keep pressing you for a number?
The conversation usually goes something like this:
Person: So I have your resume here and it looks like you have experience in our industry. What are your salary expectations?
Me: I'm looking for a competitive package that takes into account benefits and other forms of compensation
Person: Could you be more specific?
Me: I am open to any and all offers of compensation
Person: Can you give me a number,
Me: Well, I'm open to hearing about the company’s compensation expectations for this position. What is your budget?
Person: What was your previous salary?
Me: Between $ and $
Person: OK great, that's all we need, I'll pass along my notes to the hiring manager
Sometimes they will disclose how much the budget is for the position and sometimes they won't. I just want to turn around and ask them how much is their paycheck. It feels like they are shopping around for someone that falls within the correct number range and that's it. Nothing about the contribution I could possibly make and why I'm worth that much. I absolutely hate these conversations... Anybody have any similar experiences and how did you handle them.