Leave the current/expected compensation talks off the table.
In 99% of cases, your current salary or salary expectations are kinda irrelevant. Here’s why:
- Most companies already have an allocated budget for a new hire. So if you undervalue yourself, you are losing some good cash.
- On the other hand, if you are really that good and a top hire, most employers will find a way to accommodate your salary request or entice you with another perk.
So don’t let others discourage you with their “Ohs and ahs” when they hear your ideal number (well, as long as you provide a realistic one).
Or better yet, just avoid bringing up any figures until you are made an official offer. That’s where you have all the power to negotiate!