Negotiating an Offer

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About salaries: Companies sometimes inquire about your expectations. Remember, in Massachusetts, it is illegal for them to ask you what you currently make (see Massachusetts bans employers from asking for salary histories)

There are a couple of ways to answer:

  • "Tell me the range for this position, and I'll tell you whether it works for me (better than "whether you're in the ballpark."
  • "I am not comfortable sharing that information. I am hoping that [COMPANY ] will pay me based on my qualifications and expected responsibilities I will undertake, rather than based on what I currently make.