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Old 12-01-2011, 02:13 PM
 
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One of my friends is also an active job seeker (just like I am).

He interviewed with the company and wrote $15 - desired wage on his application' he also confirmed it verbally when asked.

No offer yet - but he is wondering if he will be able to ask for more (in case they do offer).

Reason: I checked the BLS website for him - and it appeared that the median wage for this position is about 16.20. He is not "friend" with computers.....

Is this train gone? :-)
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Old 12-01-2011, 10:07 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle, originally from SF Bay Area
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If in fact it said "desired wage" the train is probably gone. If it had said "minimum required" there could still be room for negotiation, but basically he's already agreed to work for $15.
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Old 12-02-2011, 12:57 AM
 
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One of my friends is also an active job seeker (just like I am).

He interviewed with the company and wrote $15 - desired wage on his application' he also confirmed it verbally when asked.

No offer yet - but he is wondering if he will be able to ask for more (in case they do offer).

Reason: I checked the BLS website for him - and it appeared that the median wage for this position is about 16.20. He is not "friend" with computers.....

Is this train gone? :-)
It's unlikely he will be able to ask for more. If he doesn't think he would be satisfied working for $15 an hour, he shouldn't have said he would work for $15 an hour.

Also, had he wrote down a higher desired wage, he may not have been called in for the interview in the first place. The whole point of asking this question is to weed out the job seekers who wouldn't want to work for the wages they have in mind and your friend could very well be at the upper limit. At this point in time he should be more concerned about actually getting an offer for the job because there is probably somebody who is equally qualified but desperate enough to work for less.

As far as median wages are concerned, I wouldn't put too much faith in what you read on the BLS website. Most of their data is outdated and does not reflect the most recent wages in today's economy.
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Old 12-02-2011, 08:45 AM
 
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This is why I either put a range or something like $40,000+
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