Like most people I know in the tech industry I get frequently pestered by recruiters with vague job offers similar to what is described in How to get information out of secretive recruiters? which I happily ignore or (im)politely tell them to go away depending on how persistent they are.
More rarely I actually get approached directly by friends/contacts at other companies trying to recruit me. Unlike with recruiters here I am actually willing to at least have informal discussions with them even if they go nowhere. Typically when I talk to someone at the company they actually tell you enough to be able to judge if the opportunity is worth pursuing further without having to play a game with a recruiter.
However recently I had a discussion with one company who gave me plenty of useful info about the role plus all the usual hype about how fantastic the company is to work for, great benefits etc but when I asked more specifically about compensation was told the following:
You'll have 2/3 interviews and if they like you then they'll make you an offer
Question: How do I go about asking them for a salary range or a ballpark idea of compensation?
I have no desire to put myself through a lengthy interview process just to find out if the compensation is even comparable with my current position yet how do I ask this without coming across as being purely compensation driven?
Aside: Is it unreasonable of me to expect a company to at least divulge a salary range?