The process so far:
Background: I'm a Software Developer from the UK but I live in Japan. I'm still currently employed in Japan and the current position is stable. I am applying through a recruiter for this position.
Interview: During the initial interview he asked what kind of salary I would expect. There was no salary information on the job advert and the recruiter didn't mention anything so I gave a number around what I saw from other adverts from the recruiter for software development roles (NOT consulting) at my level (around ￥5,000,000 -￥6,000,000). I asked for ￥6,000,000 to which he said he would be fine to take me for the position at that salary and said he would schedule me to go through the formal recruiting/interview process (so not a formal job offer (yet?)). I'm still kind of new in Japan and I didn't really know what the average salary was for that kind of position.
I had an interview scheduled very quickly with the Senior Manager. He also asked me what my expected salary was; I said the same as before in the first interview ￥6,000,000. He then asked what would be the minimum I would expect. I didn't expect that question (Edit:Definitely due lack of preparation on my part as others pointed out). So I said the figure of ￥5,000,000. His face seemed surprised but he didn't say anything.
I was asked to come for a final interview with a partner of the company who also leads that entire division. The interview is scheduled for next week so I haven't had it yet. But I couldn't help but think about the reaction on the Senior Manager's face. So I looked up online to find what the average salary was for that position is at that organisation in Japan. It turns out it is a little over ￥7,000,000. Which is higher than what I said for my expected salary and much higher than the minimum I said.
Although I haven't been given a formal offer yet, since I have the final interview next week:
- If I'm asked about expected/minimum salary is it OK to bring up the information I found and change my expected/minimum salary offer to be closer to the average?
- If I'm not even asked then should I ask what is the average salary as a question at the end and bring it up then?
- If I get a formal offer afterwards is it OK to negotiate that based on the information I found? Edit: <-- Answered Here thanks to gnat in the comments.
- How do I even negotiate that through a recruiter?
Edit: I was provided with a possible duplicate here. It was certainly useful at answering some of my questions but I haven't been given a formal offer yet since I still have 1 more interview to go in the process, I definitely realized I messed up getting much higher when I said the low end figure but I want to know if I should mention the information I found in the next interview before I'm given a formal offer, and also change what I want my expected/minimum salary to be.
Edit: TLDR - I am a non-Japanese working in Japan who mentioned my expected salary during the interview process only to find the average for that role at that organisation was higher than I expected. There is still 1 more interview to go. Should I mention this information and is it OK to do so? This is mostly a general question but if there is any advice specifically related to Japan then that would also be greatly appreciated.