I applied to a job, and filled out their Candidate Profile by e-mail. Under "Requested salary/pay rate" I put a range of X to X+10 per hour. (This seems to be the low end of the going range, based on what recruiters for other jobs have been telling me lately.)
The HR person responded:
Well not good news – your salary is significantly above the budget for this position.
Please keep ____ in mind for future opportunities
This wasn't a case of them trying to lowball me; they made no counteroffer or anything.
That said, if they had offered a lower number, I would have considered it.
Is it too late to tell them that? How would I go about that?
Yes, Brandin, I actually copied and pasted what the e-mail said. (And removed the company name)
"X" per hour is what I really need, but in the last few months, recruiters have been submitting me at X+5 or X+10 (or, in one case, X+15). But I'd rather take a job at X-5 than not work at all.
(I should edit that last part out before too many recruiters read this post.)
I'm going to try Tim B's suggestion: write back saying "I'd be willing to compromise on the salary -- what was the range you had in mind?" That seems to be the most dignified way to say "Hey, wait a second!"