Job Candidate Praised Over Response to Recruiter Dodging Salary Question

A conversation between a recruiter and a candidate for a job has gone viral after screenshots of it were shared online, sparking a debate over salary secrecy during the recruiting process.

Taking to Reddit, the candidate expressed their frustration at the fact that some recruiters go out of their way to avoid mentioning the salary range for the job they're hiring for, even after being asked multiple times.

In the post, the candidate, who goes by the username Reddrick, shares screenshots detailing their conversation with the recruiter, with a caption that says: "I'm tired of recruiters avoiding my questions and playing dumb."

The post has received more than 14,600 upvotes and over a 1000 comments since yesterday.

From the screenshot it's clear that the recruiter tried to avoid giving straight answers to Reddrick's questions about salary, and instead asked them what their expectations were, to which Reddrick answered: "My expectations are that you will provide a salary range."

According to recent HR statistics by Zety, about 96% of job seekers say that it's important to work for a company that embraces transparency. 79% of job seekers are likely to use social media in their job search and this increases to 86% for younger job seekers.

About 87% of recruiters use LinkedIn to check candidates. On average, each corporate job offer attracts 250 resumes, and of those candidates, four to six will get called for an interview.

The comment sparked a debate over salary secrecy during the hiring process, with most people on the candidate's side. Msphd123 said: "I love the response. 'My expectations are that you will provide a salary range.' Well done."

Boltsnouns added: "'My expectations are that you will provide a salary range.' That's going in my future responses." And 1760ghost wrote: "Stealing this. This is glorious. I get the same mail almost daily."

One user, xaervagon, suggested: "Fast tracking the inevitable ghosting without giving the recruiter a phone call, that's both efficient and effective."

Another user, Beardy_Villains, tried to justify the secretive recruiter: "Nah. This is a tale of two half's. She asks for your expectations before giving a range because, when we give a range, without fail the candidate's expectation is suddenly 'whatever the top number is'—Just because '$200k' is possible. That doesn't mean the individual is worth it. This may not apply to you, but it does to so, so many."

Mckooldude answered: "Go lick a boot somewhere else. They ask you for your expectations so they can find the cheapest candidate."

And Commercial-Push-9066 added: "That may be why they hesitate to post it. But saying ' starts at $x and tops out at $x for the most experienced. Most people start somewhere in between with room to grow' would be helpful."

Man waiting for job interview
A stock image shows a man waiting for a job interview. A conversation between a job candidate and a recruiter has gone viral sparking a debate over salary secrecy during the hiring process. Getty Images

Whyyoudidit argued: "Is it so hard to just offer the person a number based on what you think he is worth. isn't that the job of a recruiter to evaluate the value of someone?" And snip23 said: "I am a recruiter, my goto answer is, we have a range of $x to $x depending on skills and experience."

M1RR0R answered: "Well no s**t I'm gonna go for the high end, I'm not gonna help you undercut the income that I need to survive."

Sea_Perception1365 brought up another point: "I don't get it. If the candidate these employers and recruiters choose is so "unworthy," why offer them the job? Where's this mythical candidate that's 'worth' the higher end?"

Another user, deadmoscow commented: "I gotta start doing this, the one thing I hate the most about working with recruiters is their constant insistence on getting people on the phone. You can just f*****g tell me in an email!"

Jackandjill222 answered: "They don't want it in writing. They want to be able to deny it later."