Interview Questions: Work History


What were your starting and final levels of compensation?

Compensation history is a very common topic that interviewers expect candidates to be prepared to talk about. Tell the interviewer how much you earned at each of your previous positions.

Be certain that what you tell the interviewer matches what you listed on your job application. Refresh your memory prior to the interview by reviewing your compensation history, so you can have the necessary detail to satisfy the interviewer. It's a mistake to exaggerate or inflate your earnings. Many employers will check references and confirm your salary history before making a job offer. A discrepancy between what you noted and what's received from the reference could knock you out of contention for the job.