I recently did an interview (location is the EU) for a smallish IT consulting firm.
They have been quite insistent in asking salary, benefits and contract type of my current job. In the end, the HR guy told me that it is "company routine" to ask applicants their last pay slip during the interviewing process in order to better match the offer to the applicants' needs.
I was very vague in telling my current salary: I did not lie about it (just rounded for simplicity), I just stated my desired salary. Since I get the distinct feeling they're trying to lowball me (and everyone else) and I have no intention to send any pay slip at all, how can I answer in a polite but firm way?
Also, I tried to look for this without success, but does anyone know if there is a European law against this? I have no intention nor interest to mention this when answering to HR, it's only out of curiosity.