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It seems that almost every employer I've interviewed with has asked me the following 2 questions:
- What is your current salary?
- What compensation are you looking for?
A potential strategy might be to answer one of those questions and not the other. For example, not telling them what compensation I'm looking for could leave their offer range more open than accidentally low-balling myself. They could then base the compensation off of the info provided as to what I'm currently making.
On the other hand, I could say that I'm not comfortable telling them what I'm currently making. Then, I can specify what I'm looking for without limiting myself to an increase based off my current salary.
How should I answer (or not answer) these two questions based on the fact that I believe based on my salary research that I am underpaid at my current company?