Basically I've been to a job interview on a big software company and I was rejected. They didn't give a reason, but I asked someone I know who is working there and he told me that the main reason was that I asked for a high salary, but other than that I was a pretty good match on every other aspect.
During the interview I was asked what was the minimum salary I was willing to work for, which caught me off guard since I was expecting more of an "expected salary" instead of a "minimum", an so I was very objective and said I would only work for at least the same amount as a Phd scholarship. That would be (980€ * 11 months) / 14 months (in Portugal we get paid 14 months a year).
I came up with this figure almost on the spot, thinking it wasn't too high, and I still don't think it's high.
After a month, I was contacted via email stating that I didn't make the cut and that they kept my contact in their database.
So now I'm left with a few questions:
- If salary was the only issue, then why didn't they make a lower offer?
- Is it normal for a company to ask what is my "minimum" salary?
- Do companies really keep rejected applicants contacts or are they just being polite?
- If they didn't like me the first time, why would they call me again for a different job?
- Should I have taken a different approach to the interview?