Why do employers want salary histories?
Originally, I was going to write about employer interview pet peeves today. Then I heard from a reader who has her own pet peeve with employers: Why do they persist in the "archaic" practice of asking job candidates about salary history? Does it really matter what you used to earn, possibly doing work that was totally different?
In her case, she left a high-paying job on the mainland to return home for personal reasons. She was willing to work for a lot less because she was interested in starting a new career, and she was financially well off. However, she wonders if putting down her past income caused potential employers to consider her as being over-qualified.
I asked a couple of staffing firm owners what they would advise in that situation. Should she omit salary history information, or add a note that explains she's willing to work for considerably less than what she used to make? If I get any advice from those job placement experts, I'll post it in the comments section.
I'd love to hear from employers, HR people, and job-seekers on this topic, plus any other pet peeves you have related to the interview and application process!
So tell me, is past salary history really relevant anymore?
Worth thinking about even if you are currently employed!