I’m gonna say Pharmacist. The pay is great, but…
What do you think is the worst job ever?
Please fire me. They cut our wages 2% “temporarily” 8 months ago.
You realize that getting fired would cut your wage by 100% permanently…
A company is more likely to agree to a higher salary after they’ve decided that they want you for the job. This is due to a psychological tendency called “loss aversion”. If you bring up money before the offer is made, it could hurt your chances of even being considered if it’s higher than they expect to pay.
It’s a good idea to do some research on sites like Glassdoor.com to get an idea of what someone in your position typically receives. As with any negotiation, the more info you have, the better.
Beyond that, you really should just be honest about what you would expect to make in exchange for what you can offer the company. If you give off the impression that you’re trying to get more than what is typically offered for the role, you’re probably not going to get a call back. However, the same holds true for the flip side of that equation if the company is trying to take advantage of you. Remember, an interview is a two-sided meeting. They’re interviewing you, but you’re also interviewing them.
If you really want to work for a company but they just aren’t offering what you think you’re worth, ask if they would be willing to re-evaluate your compensation in 6 months if you meet specific hurdles. That way, you’re somewhat in control of your own destiny.