Originally Posted by wj4
I know what I'm worth but ethics is also important with me. I start at the new company tomorrow and aside from running a check on my history to ensure the information I provided about my education and experience are correct, I'm not sure about the income portion.
However, the employer I just left did ask me for some kind of salary verification upon getting hired. This company is in clinical testing, one of the two largest players in the country. I would've been screwed had I lied.
I understand your dilemma but back in the day one's compensation was one's own business. I interview and hire people and I think the easier question is, "how much are you looking to make in salary?" I also worked with a large healthcare company that asked what was the lowest compensation you would accept.
All of these questions are favoring the employer.
Perhaps your answer is an answer of total compensation rather than a break down of salary + commissions or bonuses.
I could go into more detail but I won't. All I can tell you is that you should be very careful when answering these type of questions because you are likely negotiating against yourself. For that reason I either decline to answer or reverse the question.
If asked how much...I ask how much they are looking to pay? Once you put a number out there...that is the standard for which negoitating will be measured.