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Old 06-26-2012, 09:18 PM
 
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Hi all,

First post here. I hope you can help me out.. I might have f*** up a great opportunity.

I am currently employed but looking for something new. I currently make 48k and I fell that I am underpaid in many ways.
I went to a interview a few weeks ago and it went really good until he asked me how much I currently made.. I answered that I made 60k which is a fair salary for my current position at this moment.

Three days later they email me with a offer of 62k.. great! well just until they asked me for pay stubs as corporate office need to be substantiated to my offer.

Yes, I shouldn't have lied.. too bad. But again, am I interested in working for a company asking me for paystubs? Should I confess or refuse to show stubs?

Benjamin
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Old 06-26-2012, 09:26 PM
 
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I wouldn't show the stubs. You already lied so by confessing will not come off as being honest, it will get you automatically disqualified.

I think the best you can do is say you're not comfortable with sharing that information and see what they say.
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Old 06-26-2012, 09:30 PM
 
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I've never had a potential employer ask me for past pay stubs. They can legally ask that?

I always give them a higher salary than what I'm making (within reason) because even then they'll low-ball the offer.
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Old 06-26-2012, 09:36 PM
 
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I wouldn't show the stubs. You already lied so by confessing will not come off as being honest, it will get you automatically disqualified.

I think the best you can do is say you're not comfortable with sharing that information and see what they say.
As I understand they can, when hired and signed contract, contact my old employer and ask for the information.. and then fire me.
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Old 06-26-2012, 09:37 PM
 
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I've never had a potential employer ask me for past pay stubs. They can legally ask that?

I always give them a higher salary than what I'm making (within reason) because even then they'll low-ball the offer.
Yes I guess they can? According to google its a common thing to do... some people dont have problems sharing the info others say: would you really want to work for a company like that?
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Old 06-26-2012, 09:39 PM
 
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I've never had a potential employer ask me for past pay stubs. They can legally ask that?
No kidding. I have never in my life been asked for pay stubs after accepting a job offer.

What will they demand next? Interviews with relatives and walk-through tours of your home?
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Old 06-26-2012, 09:40 PM
 
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I'd deny that request.

Personal compensation records are your personal information, we're not talking about campaign contributions or municipal salaries here. They don't need to see how much you used to make.

You're worth what the market is willing to pay for your skills, no more, no less. What you made at your last job is irrelevant; you could've been grossly underpaid, for all they know.

How about you hand over your medical records and bank account numbers while you're at it?
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Old 06-26-2012, 09:43 PM
 
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Thank you all.

This is the HR managers copy/pasted email from him to me.

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Also, because we are offering you a good starting salary, with sales training required, I need to substantiate to Corp. your current salary. Would you be able to provide a recent salary stub?

Thank you and we are looking forward to your coming on board.
What do you recommend as an answer?
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Old 06-26-2012, 09:44 PM
 
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You're already employed, so you're not desperate for a job unless this is your dream job, which in that case, I guess you could give them the pay stubs and see what they say. They offered you 62K so they already think that you are worth that much, so what does it matter what you made in your previous job? I don't like that potential employers sometimes base the salary on the person's past job...the employee should just get paid what they deserve or what was budgeted for the position.
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Old 06-26-2012, 09:45 PM
 
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Thank you all.

This is the HR managers copy/pasted email from him to me.



What do you recommend as an answer?
I would say the following:

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Dear ____,

I am not able to provide the requested information at this time.

Salary and compensation information is considered confidential by my current employer.

Thank you for your understanding.
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