How do I recover from salary talking point snafu in an interview?
I had a screener call today and when prompted with a salary question, I tried hedging but felt pressured to share a range (in hindsight, I wished I had stayed silent or asked for more details on the role to buy time).
The role I'm interviewing for is a business operations role and based on my research the market range is really wide - the job description details were pretty topline too so I shared my ideal range (a touch higher than my current salary).
The recruiter responded to my range by saying that transparently, it was out of their range. The truth is, I'm willing to go lower (but didn't want to share my ultimate bottom line number) and I did re-emphasize multiple times that I'm willing to be flexible on compensation as the company culture is more important to me. That said, I got the sense that she checked out once I shared my range. Any advice on what I can do to help recover here? Feels like I may have just shot myself in the foot at this point.