RE: negotiate wages - Shoot for the stars
A previous employer picked up the tab for a lab tech flying from Colorado to
interview for a position. I don't know how common this is. I guess it
depends on the urgency to fill the slot and/or a lack of local applicants.
To answer the question, I think it's reasonable to ask about the pay range
before you waste everybodys time (and your money) travelling for an
interview. YOU are the valuable commodity at stake. You know what amount
works for you, so be confident and assured when you ask. As a manager, I
would be suspicious if applicants DIDN'T ask about the money. I don't know
to many histology philanthropists!
Finally, a course I took quoted the cost to orient and train a "New Hire"
technical position estimated at about $30,000. (Inservice, hospital
orientation, department orientation, direct supervision etc etc etc.) If you
interview well over the phone that they want to meet you, a plane fare is
chump change. ASK! They want you and the worst they can say is "No"!
Sorry, got a bit carried away there. Most of the people I work with have
been headhunted in the last year or so. There are too many vacancies for
too few techs. You can't command the stars, but supply and demand says that
the deck is tilted in the applicants favor. Ask for the stars (politely),
and maybe you get the moon.
Northwestern Medical Center
St Albans, VT 05478
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, June 20, 2002 8:06 PM
Subject: Re:negotiate wages
I have question along these lines. If you are going to go on an interview,
and will possibly relocate if offered the job. Is it bad ettiquette to ask
before thay purchase a plane ticket etc. What the pay range is. So you would
know if you are even interested in interviewing for the job?
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