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In the last few weeks, I have been applying like crazy as I am desperate to leave my awful current job as soon as possible.
I had a telephone interview with one recruiter some days ago and was asked about my current salary and my expectations in terms of an increase.
I am aware of the fact that my current salary is quite high, and it could be the maximum salary employers are willing to offer for a similar position. I mentioned that money is not a priority for me at the moment and that I would be happy even with the same salary for a job I really love.
The interviewer then asked me if I would be happy with a lower salary? To this question, I answered that no, I wouldn’t, as I didn’t want to sound desperate for a job at any cost.
Did I make a faux pas by answering in a contradictory way? My wife thinks that even my answer to the first question was unwise and reeked of desperation, as nobody changes job for the same salary.
I haven’t heard from them since which I don’t care much about, but I would like to know how to answer similar questions in my future interviews.
Edited: My question has been marked as a duplicate and also downvoted for some reason. I believe my question is not a duplicate and here I am explaining why: I am not willing to accept a lower salary and wasn’t prepared for such a question. I needed suggestions on how to deal with similar questions in the future without sounding greedy. In my Country a 15-20% increase is considered customary when changing job in the financial sector, hence my impression is that the recruiter was using some kind of psychological trick to understand my real level of motivation/interest but wasn’t really expecting me to accept a lower salary, given my level of experience and qualifications. Thank you to all your inputs, they have been extremely helpful.