I had a short chat with an independent recruitment consultant recently. From the get go, it was all wrong. He started by asking how much I expect for my next position. I then reminded that he did not tell me anything about the position, to which he replied that "It does not matter. Just tell me how much you expect". At this point I asked the title of the role. He replied in 2 words (name of the role) and nothing else. Considering the fact that I am desperately in need of a job, I gave out a figure and mentioned I'm flexible.
Unfortunately, the figure I mentioned is only about 50% of the figure on the table. The recruitment consultant said he will not proceed with me just because of the low salary expectations.
I am fairly sure that I will face a similar situation in terms of salary expectation again where the recruiter will be able to bully me (since I am the one looking for job) into giving a number without describing the position. How do I handle this properly without going into their black list?