I recently had a phone interview with a company that I had applied to. I believe it was with an HR person. She asked 1) How much do I want to make in this position I'm applying for and 2) How much do I make at the company I am currently at.
The first question I never want to answer because I don't want to give a salary that's higher than what they expect to pay and seem lofty, but I also don't want to accidentally undershoot and be taken advantage of. What is a good way to respond to how much I'd like to be paid for a certain position?
The second question I REALLY hate to answer because I am currently making diddly-squat for my current position and background. I'm embarrassed to tell them my salary and it is honestly a large part of the reason I am looking for a new place of employment. How should I respond to this question?
During the actual interview I paused for a moment to deliberate whether to answer the questions or refuse. I ended up telling her a large range for my expected salary and current salary and the way she responded seemed like it was a fairly low number compared to what she was expecting. When I told her my current salary she made a comment and laughably said "Oh, well we would pay you MUCH more than that". I'm afraid that telling my actual salary will give the hiring company reason to chop down a salary offer I could potentially get. Should I just respond to these questions by saying "I cannot disclose that information" or something of that sort?