I had a screening call for a ft position this afternoon that went really well. But when the recruiter asked me what my expectations were in terms of compensation, I froze and sputtered out a low number ($20K less what I was making before I was laid off). Then I made it worse by saying it could be the total value of my benefits package.
The recruiter was taken aback and said they could do better and she had spoken to a male candidate about the same position with half my experience who asked for the amount I requested. Has anyone else had this experience and has advice for how to avoid making this mistake next time?
Why did I just shoot myself in the foot during an interview that was clearly going to the next stage? Why do I feel like I don't deserve to make amount of money I wish I could ask for? Is this a symptom of impostor syndrome?