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Re: An Employer Asking Applicant About His Salary In His Previous Work.is It Right? by Incognito403: 9:46pm On Jan 12
Enudapan:
Nah eh! No qualms
All this trashy questions b4 you are been employed
When you can easily Start up a bombing career at home with No stress
You're the ones making people cry and suffer.

Anticipate unending pain.
Re: An Employer Asking Applicant About His Salary In His Previous Work.is It Right? by BigBashiru: 9:47pm On Jan 12
VirginSearcher:
Everything about recruitment in Naija is wrong

You can say that again! They also use "word on the street" references and there are no professional lines whatsoever. A certain degree of seriousness and formality is required to be successful in any endeavour - naija is too casual
Re: An Employer Asking Applicant About His Salary In His Previous Work.is It Right? by goldmatrix(m): 9:48pm On Jan 12
They are asking that just to cheat you.. everything in Nigeria is fraud.

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Re: An Employer Asking Applicant About His Salary In His Previous Work.is It Right? by oluplus(m): 9:52pm On Jan 12
Coolcalmcollect:

you don't know what you're saying.... who ask for former workplace payslip are you sick??
He's not sick. It's a normal thing in corporate world, especially if you apply as an experience staff
Re: An Employer Asking Applicant About His Salary In His Previous Work.is It Right? by pocohantas(f): 9:57pm On Jan 12
OSASBOI:
it is normal, during my interview, the expatriate asked me same question though my formal job was a private school teaching job and my salary then was 15k, but I monster courage and told the man 30k, to my suprise he was shocked; and like everything in a month? I said yes, he now said ok, the basic rate is 11k and after every it should fall around 75k to 80k and things will get bigger as the years goes by, i didn't believe it until my first salary and i got 91k+. that was some eleven years ago.

It is FORMER please, not FORMAL. I don’t know why people from that part of Nigeria keep mixing them up...

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Re: An Employer Asking Applicant About His Salary In His Previous Work.is It Right? by simplesearch: 9:57pm On Jan 12
Better than lying.
Re: An Employer Asking Applicant About His Salary In His Previous Work.is It Right? by Yustash001(m): 10:00pm On Jan 12
BabaIbo:


Oh, I see we are on the same side on this issue.

I'm referring to the guy that said he should disclose his true previous earning.

I adviced him that should in case he already know the set amount for the new job and his last job is way too low to the new one, it is either he politely decide not to disclose it or he should raised the old one a bit to measure up. Because these employers will surely cut down the pay and divert it to themselves if he loose guide, let's say he is earning 50k before and he is going for a job of 300k. They are just looking for a way to shortchange him.
Thank you.....that's exactly where the problem lies.

The previous amount I received as salary is too low compared to my expectations from them...
And at the same time, I didn't want to tell a lie.

That's why I decided to find an escape route....
Re: An Employer Asking Applicant About His Salary In His Previous Work.is It Right? by olabisi94(m): 10:01pm On Jan 12
AntiWailer:
That is the end of the interview Bro.

Nothing is confidential.

It is a normal HC procedure to know your current earnings so they can decide if the deal they are offering u is fair or not.

As an hiring Manager, once u say that. The interview is over. No way you are going to the next level.

I prefer u tell me u earn 50k a month but u won't do 1 naira less than 500k a month than that 'Confidential Bull Craaap'

Infact your previous pay slip is needed before u are given offer letter in any reasonable Organization not mush room employers.

NB : please I am not talking about 30k per month job offers. So stay away. Come back when you graduate and look for a better job.

You don't have to abuse me. Stay with your believe for your next employer and blame Buhari for joblessness.


OP, I am happy to hear that you stood your ground.
The question is actually illegal.
Your current salary earning is confidential to you and your employer.
The better question for the interviewer to ask is "What is your salary expectation", tht way you both can negotiate and make a compromise.


To drive my point home, You can read up on this article.
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-you-shouldnt-disclose-your-current-salary-when-looking-barker

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Re: An Employer Asking Applicant About His Salary In His Previous Work.is It Right? by Yustash001(m): 10:08pm On Jan 12
mapet:


Young Folks,

You just like to "score own-goals" at will. You mean you told a prospective employer that your salary because you "don't think it's formal"? grin grin grin grin You just wrote your resignation letter while you're yet to receive an employment letter. Bros, next time do the following;
1. Get coaching and assistance on interview techniques
2. Read books and sites on interview techniques
3. Be honest. Say things as it is..... and don't appear evasive

Meanwhile,

It is standard for a prospective employer to ask for your last salary information.
Dude, the comments I read here are confusing...
I don't which to stick to...
Re: An Employer Asking Applicant About His Salary In His Previous Work.is It Right? by Femeto: 10:10pm On Jan 12
Its for your own good. Make them no short pay you.
Re: An Employer Asking Applicant About His Salary In His Previous Work.is It Right? by smatme(m): 10:11pm On Jan 12
NwaAmaikpe:
shocked




It is not wrong.

You stood your ground...it is your right not to disclose personal information to employers just as it is your right to remain jobless.

I admire your doggedness and arrogance in poverty...you refused to answer it in your written interview and you got a clue to remedy this basic goof in the oral interview but your village people got the best of you.

I won't blame them for not eventually employing you either. Someone who writes like this is not fit to be a janitor in a local school let alone a teacher.



I can't disagree with you
Re: An Employer Asking Applicant About His Salary In His Previous Work.is It Right? by Rdduite(m): 10:11pm On Jan 12
Yustash001:

Thank you.....that's exactly where the problem lies.

The previous amount I received as salary is too low compared to my expectations from them...
And at the same time, I didn't want to tell a lie.

That's why I decided to find an escape route....


It's over 3 years or more than I have not commented on actively on this forum but when I see clearly how a brother is missing out due to ignorance I am push in my spirit to help you.

Next time try & be smarter, NEVER disclose your exact salary to any prospective employer but use words with range of value.

"a little more than", "somewhere around", etc.

Earning 10k, you can say that you are earning a little above......., or somewhere around......... Etc.
Re: An Employer Asking Applicant About His Salary In His Previous Work.is It Right? by Yustash001(m): 10:12pm On Jan 12
messenger4891:

very bad in clear terms .....it is official to ask your previous salary ....if the interviewer deems it fit .

I guess u didn't ask what was their offer...
with regards to the last part of your post, It's part of the questions I answered in the written interview...
Re: An Employer Asking Applicant About His Salary In His Previous Work.is It Right? by smatme(m): 10:13pm On Jan 12
It's normal to ask qstn abt your previous salary.

You might even be required to present your pay slip for the past 3 to 6 months.

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Re: An Employer Asking Applicant About His Salary In His Previous Work.is It Right? by Tapout(m): 10:15pm On Jan 12
Personally I feel that question is very unethical and should be eradicated. It's like you (a recruiter/Hr) calling a cobbler ( job applicant ) to amend your shoes and instead of bargaining with him/her, you start asking how much he collected from a previous job, Considering the fact that there's always a 90% possibility you already have an idea of how much it will cost. Nobody goes to the market without having an idea of the cost of goods and services.
Technically speaking, that's a fraudulent Question!!!
I'll will always answer it's confidential too because actually, it is confidential.

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Re: An Employer Asking Applicant About His Salary In His Previous Work.is It Right? by emmyN(m): 10:18pm On Jan 12
Most structured organizations I know of in Nigeria like to keep employee wages confidential, which is why when you are trying to apply for some jobs, you may only see probable figures online, and not exact salaries. So I wonder why such organization will expect you to disclose the wage structure of another organization.
Re: An Employer Asking Applicant About His Salary In His Previous Work.is It Right? by Gerrard59(m): 10:22pm On Jan 12
NwaAmaikpe:
shocked




It is not wrong.

You stood your ground...it is your right not to disclose personal information to employers just as it is your right to remain jobless.

I admire your doggedness and arrogance in poverty...you refused to answer it in your written interview and you got a clue to remedy this basic goof in the oral interview but your village people got the best of you.

I won't blame them for not eventually employing you either. Someone who writes like this is not fit to be a janitor in a local school let alone a teacher.

If there is one thing I like about you is saying things the way they are. grin


@OP: It is important you divulge how much you earn esp at the final stage of an interview. It helps the company to know how much to pay you. It goes both ways because by knowing how much the firm offers you, you can negotiate it if it is low. You really goofed. At this point, the school will intentionally offer you a lower salary using whatever deduction theory and expect you to do your worse.
Re: An Employer Asking Applicant About His Salary In His Previous Work.is It Right? by jasonex4(m): 10:24pm On Jan 12
Yustash001:
Good evening Nairalanders,

I went for an interview yesterday and among questions that was ask in the written interview is "How much was your salary in the previous school where you worked?".
I wrote " it's confidential " because I thought it isn't formal to be asking such question in an interview.

So, during the oral interview, they asked while I didn't write the amount, I told them I don't want to disclose it and I don't think it's formal. I decided not to argue it further when the principal said it's formal, even though I didn't disclose the amount in the end.

So, my people, have you ever experienced such?
And is it formal to ask applicants of the exact amount they receive as salary in the organisation where they formerly work?


Please help push it to the front page...


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Re: An Employer Asking Applicant About His Salary In His Previous Work.is It Right? by aieromon(m): 10:27pm On Jan 12
Yustash001:

Thank you.....that's exactly where the problem lies.

The previous amount I received as salary is too low compared to my expectations from them...
And at the same time, I didn't want to tell a lie.

That's why I decided to find an escape route....

What then happens if you are lucky to make it to the next stage and HR requests for your payslip?

By now, I believe you should have a little insight into the organisation's policy and procedures for recruitment of new/experienced hires.

I wish you the best of luck.
Re: An Employer Asking Applicant About His Salary In His Previous Work.is It Right? by hush15: 10:28pm On Jan 12
Yustash001:
Good evening Nairalanders,

I went for an interview yesterday and among questions that was ask in the written interview is "How much was your salary in the previous school where you worked?".
I wrote " it's confidential " because I thought it isn't formal to be asking such question in an interview.

So, during the oral interview, they asked while I didn't write the amount, I told them I don't want to disclose it and I don't think it's formal. I decided not to argue it further when the principal said it's formal, even though I didn't disclose the amount in the end.

So, my people, have you ever experienced such?
And is it formal to ask applicants of the exact amount they receive as salary in the organisation where they formerly work?


Please help push it to the front page...

Bra, I see a lot of folks here talking about what is confidential about your salary that you couldn't have disclosed. However, I stand by you as long as you didn't come off rude. While there is no problem with disclosing or not disclosing, which ever you choose, I strongly believe its an unethical question to ask. When you place a job advert, of course, you will have considered the renumeration for the vacancy you placing. If so, what has what the person is earning in previous job got to do with what you already intend to pay. They wont pay one dime more or one dime less cos there is a standard measurement to salaries and standard companies don't rely on what you earn last cos every position has a grade level. Companies that ask such questions are usually one man business. Then when you know your onions, they will look for you and pay you accordingly.

Then if you are the type going about to beg for job or lobbying for post and really don't have anything to offer, they asking you how much you earn before whether they will want to match up or not.

Apart from that, if you like say 1million or 1naira, if they are interested, they will only pay what they can afford or they already advertised.
Re: An Employer Asking Applicant About His Salary In His Previous Work.is It Right? by Yustash001(m): 10:38pm On Jan 12
hush15:


Bra, I see a lot of folks here talking about what is confidential about your salary that you couldn't have disclosed. However, I stand by you as long as you didn't come off rude. While there is no problem with disclosing or not disclosing, which ever you choose, I strongly believe its an unethical question to ask. When you place a job advert, of course, you will have considered the renumeration for the vacancy you placing. If so, what has what the person is earning in previous job got to do with what you already intend to pay. They wont pay one dime more or one dime less cos there is a standard measurement to salaries and standard companies don't rely on what you earn last cos every position has a grade level. Companies that ask such questions are usually one man business. Then when you know your onions, they will look for you and pay you accordingly.

Then if you are the type going about to beg for job or lobbying for post and really don't have anything to offer, they asking you how much you earn before whether they will want to match up or not.

Apart from that, if you like say 1million or 1naira, if they are interested, they will only pay what they can afford or they already advertised.
Nice one, but from the comment have read so far, people are saying it's official
Re: An Employer Asking Applicant About His Salary In His Previous Work.is It Right? by Yustash001(m): 10:40pm On Jan 12
aieromon:


What then happens if you are lucky to make it to the next stage and HR requests for your payslip?

By now, I believe you should have a little insight into the organisation's policy and procedures for recruitment of new/experienced hires.

I wish you the best of luck.
thanks man...

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Re: An Employer Asking Applicant About His Salary In His Previous Work.is It Right? by spice123(m): 10:44pm On Jan 12
Truth is, from my experience as an interviewer I've got to discover that job seekers lie a lot about their earnings. That is why some organizations go to length of requesting for payslip or find out from previous employer depending on the position applied for.
Re: An Employer Asking Applicant About His Salary In His Previous Work.is It Right? by Saig: 10:48pm On Jan 12
NwaAmaikpe:
shocked




It is not wrong.

You stood your ground...it is your right not to disclose personal information to employers just as it is your right to remain jobless.

I admire your doggedness and arrogance in poverty...you refused to answer it in your written interview and you got a clue to remedy this basic goof in the oral interview but your village people got the best of you.

I won't blame them for not eventually employing you either. Someone who writes like this is not fit to be a janitor in a local school let alone a teacher.

You are confused yourself! What is their business with his salary in his former place of work ?? Are they employing him based on his salary in former place or based on his competence and services he is going to offer them. why must we normalize abnormality in this country all because their are no jobs and people are left without options most of the times??
Re: An Employer Asking Applicant About His Salary In His Previous Work.is It Right? by meraola29080: 10:53pm On Jan 12
God bless your hustle..... From the complements I got at the end of the interview... I can boldly say the chance of me getting the job is above 80%
Re: An Employer Asking Applicant About His Salary In His Previous Work.is It Right? by Stanleyq(m): 10:56pm On Jan 12
Yustash001:
Good evening Nairalanders,

I went for an interview yesterday and among questions that was ask in the written interview is "How much was your salary in the previous school where you worked?".
I wrote " it's confidential " because I thought it isn't formal to be asking such question in an interview.

So, during the oral interview, they asked while I didn't write the amount, I told them I don't want to disclose it and I don't think it's formal. I decided not to argue it further when the principal said it's formal, even though I didn't disclose the amount in the end.

So, my people, have you ever experienced such?
And is it formal to ask applicants of the exact amount they receive as salary in the organisation where they formerly work?


Please help push it to the front page...
Actually, that their question is like a fly that petched in a sour body, when u try to kill it, u suffer a great pain on ur sour, or boil in de scrotum,
Re: An Employer Asking Applicant About His Salary In His Previous Work.is It Right? by onyeomanono24(f): 10:56pm On Jan 12
Nothing special with hiding your former pay when people are using same question to exaggerate figures. I know a colleague that earns less than 150k after task but at his new job he claimed his former salary was 250k and those people are paying him 300k with official car. Nobody has time to go verify what you were earning as long as you dey deliver your job well.

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Re: An Employer Asking Applicant About His Salary In His Previous Work.is It Right? by wizdooarchy3(m): 11:00pm On Jan 12
[color=#000099][/color]SALARY CONFIDENTIAL BUT YOUR NYAASH IS NOT
IBU NA UR ROLE MODEL
Re: An Employer Asking Applicant About His Salary In His Previous Work.is It Right? by ThaRealist: 11:08pm On Jan 12
Fibonacci88:
Y should disclosing ur previous salary be an issue. I dont think u are interested in d job. Its normal HC procedure. Most standard organization even ask u to submit ur most recent payslip.

What if one is a freelancer and over the years his portfolio and skill has improved from his last job ??

My question here is what's the relevance of one pay slip to what value he can add presently?
Re: An Employer Asking Applicant About His Salary In His Previous Work.is It Right? by ThaRealist: 11:21pm On Jan 12
[quote author=spice123 post=97998384]Truth is, from my experience as an interviewer I've got to discover that job seekers lie a lot about their earnings. That is why some organizations go to length of requesting for payslip or find out from previous employer depending on the position applied for.[/quote


My worry here is that why do employers/HR ask this question, when they already know what they can afford to part with every month ??

Why not focus on the standard renumeration structure of the company in accordance with the role the employee is being interviewed for ??

I just feel that the ploy is to just short pay the person ... I mean , you have seen this person portfolio and can see his potentials ..

why not just tell him this is what the company is offering ..and he can decide whether it goes well with him or not ...
Re: An Employer Asking Applicant About His Salary In His Previous Work.is It Right? by emmachukwu99(m): 11:31pm On Jan 12
NwaAmaikpe:
shocked




It is not wrong.

You stood your ground...it is your right not to disclose personal information to employers just as it is your right to remain jobless.

I admire your doggedness and arrogance in poverty...you refused to answer it in your written interview and you got a clue to remedy this basic goof in the oral interview but your village people got the best of you.

I won't blame them for not eventually employing you either. Someone who writes like this is not fit to be a janitor in a local school let alone a teacher.

I just can't stop laughing. Honestly I don't have one regret following you here. I log in to nairaland just to see what you will write.
Re: An Employer Asking Applicant About His Salary In His Previous Work.is It Right? by emmachukwu99(m): 11:34pm On Jan 12
slawormiir:
Damnnn niggarrrr
Isoright ....
Bros op don't be scared of any shit.

You are a real niggarrr....say whatever you want to say to your employer ..
I remember those days in national integrated power project in ihovbor, Benin city.....I say it straight to the interviewer that i smoke weed ....still when the names of those selected for the job was out my name was among


Talking like a pussy asss coward

It's bad insulting someone whose entitled to his opinion just like you. Goan learn manners.

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