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Salary, holidays - questions to employer during a job interview in Poland


mauro 9 | 43
3 Feb 2010  #1
Hello !!!
I have noticed during my job interviews in Poland they always ask me about my expectation of salary.
SHouldn't be like they tell u how much is the salary and u'll say if u're agree or not ??
I never know which kind of answer I have to give to this question !!
Polanglik 11 | 303
3 Feb 2010  #2
SHouldn't be like they tell u how much is the salary

I totally agree with you. It really irritates me when you see job offers advertised, but the salary is never mentioned.

It's the same when someone is selling something like a car .... they hardly ever mention the 'For Sale' price.
Harry
3 Feb 2010  #3
I never know which kind of answer I have to give to this question !!

"As much as you can afford" has never failed me.
OP mauro 9 | 43
3 Feb 2010  #4
well...today I've got an interview...and I've got this question related to the first 3 month (trial contract), before to answer they told me after 3 months the salary will get higher if they decided to hire me definitely...I told them minimum 1600 on hands for the first period...I know it's not a lot...but listening my polish friends isn't that bad...I'm still studying and I speak little polish...the job is connected with the italian market...I need to speak 90% of the time in Italian and the rest in Polish....what do u think ? too low salary ?
delphiandomine 83 | 17,626
3 Feb 2010  #5
what do u think ? too low salary ?

Way too low, you could make 1600 a month teaching Italian without much effort.
OP mauro 9 | 43
3 Feb 2010  #6
I actually feel more relaxed and ok to work in a office than teaching Italian.
frd 7 | 1,399
3 Feb 2010  #7
It's not thaaat bad, I dunno what exactly you're doing as your job, average IT students get around 8-12 zlotys (after taxation ) per hour as their first job... it usually rises pretty quickly with graduation and experience..
OP mauro 9 | 43
3 Feb 2010  #8
It's a company who control some movement of goods all over Europe, My field is the Italian Market, stay in touch with Italian parterns, collaborate with them, customer service and other stuff like that...I think it's a nice job...just the salary isn't that attractive !
Harry
3 Feb 2010  #9
just the salary isn't that attractive !

You could always try the "I meant that much per week" routine.
delphiandomine 83 | 17,626
3 Feb 2010  #10
My field is the Italian Market, stay in touch with Italian parterns, collaborate with them, customer service and other stuff like that...I think it's a nice job...just the salary isn't that attractive !

Could the same job be done by a Polish person? If so, it's a fair salary (I assume it's netto, not brutto?) for what it is. But still - you could get 50zl an hour for teaching, and only need to teach 32 hours a month to make the same money...
mephias 11 | 304
3 Feb 2010  #11
In big companies this is a tricky question and aim is to understand how much you value yourself. So you should always say at least thirty percent more than what you expect.

Salary for the position is more or less set before you go there, and they will make you the offer if they like your qualifications whether your expectation is high or low.
z_darius 14 | 3,969
3 Feb 2010  #12
I always tell them that ideally I'd like $1,000,000 or more per hour but I understand they may not be able to afford that, so I'm open to offers.
SeanBM 35 | 5,808
3 Feb 2010  #13
I always tell them, it doesn't matter how much you pay me, I don't do this for the money I do it because I love it and I would do it for nothing.

And around about that time I cock the gun I have to the bank manager's head...
Czyryca 1 | 48
3 Feb 2010  #14
I'm still studying and I speak little polish...the job is connected with the italian market...I need to speak 90% of the time in Italian and the rest in Polish....what do u think ? too low salary ?

I would say aim high, that way they you are showing that you expect to be paid like someone who has that position or is an expert at that position. Harder to get up in pay once you are there, aim high to begin. If they like you, they will give it to you, or they will come back at a lower price. Either way you win.
peter_olsztyn 6 | 1,098
3 Feb 2010  #15
before to answer they told me after 3 months the salary will get higher if they decided to hire me definitely

Be careful and don't trust them too much! It is common practise to say after 3 months still 1600zl or man you didn't meet expectations, goodbye :/
OP mauro 9 | 43
3 Feb 2010  #16
Delphiandomine.......u're totally right in this...my "fault".
And..yes probably could be done by a pole too....but if they chose an Italian...maybe it's better to them

Salary for the position is more or less set before you go there, and they will make you the offer if they like your qualifications whether your expectation is high or low.

U mean if u had answered I expected 2500 they were going to give me 1600 anyway ? (yes it is netto)
mephias 11 | 304
4 Feb 2010  #17
U mean if u had answered I expected 2500 they were going to give me 1600 anyway ?

Who knows, maybe they would give 2000(it is generally the case in big companies). But it is good to be demanding about salary if you think you are good at what you are doing.
pgtx 29 | 3,159
4 Feb 2010  #18
SHouldn't be like they tell u how much is the salary and u'll say if u're agree or not ??
I never know which kind of answer I have to give to this question !!

In the States they ask that too. And it's a tricky one. You say too low-they think you underestimate yourself, you say too high-they think you're an arrogant fool.

On my interview, i asked for a bit too low amount and they gave me more...
It's usually expected they will ask you how much you wanna make...
ZIMMY 6 | 1,601
4 Feb 2010  #19
Find out what the position you are seeking pays; then add 10% which allows you to negotiate if need be.
delphiandomine 83 | 17,626
4 Feb 2010  #20
And..yes probably could be done by a pole too....but if they chose an Italian...maybe it's better to them

In this case, I recommend waiting the 3 months, then hitting them with a "either pay me what I deserve or I walk" - if you're good and they need you more than you need them, voila - they'll pay.
OP mauro 9 | 43
4 Feb 2010  #21
Yes probably I'll do something like that !
thanks everybody for the answers
xampolas - | 3
5 Feb 2010  #22
I have the opportunity to work in Warsaw.

They offered 3600 zl before tax... is it possible to live with this kind of salary there ? Or will i die of starvation living under the bridge ?
OP mauro 9 | 43
23 Feb 2010  #23
Ok,
I opened this topic...and now I've got some experience :) TOmorrow I have an interview with HP in Wroclaw, Administration support with Italia position...

How much should I ask ?
Thanks ;)
maria12345
12 May 2011  #24
mauro
hey mauro how much did u get?
ZIMMY 6 | 1,601
17 May 2011  #25
"Expectation of your salary" question during a job interview"

"As much as you can afford" has never failed me.

I will be seeking a new man-servant this summer. The last one died from too much work. I pay $20 a week for your beer money. In addition, it's all you can eat and there is room in the storage cage where you can sleep. Many MBA's have already sent me their resumes so get yours in right away.
sobieski 107 | 2,128
17 May 2011  #26
mauro:
what do u think ? too low salary ?

Way too low, you could make 1600 a month teaching Italian without much effort.

Agree completely. McDonalds pays it workers 1400 per month
Harry
17 May 2011  #27
In addition, it's all you can eat

As long as that is all the beluga caviar I can eat, you have a deal. Just put five kilos a week in the fridge and I'll help myself as and when I want.
Trevek 26 | 1,702
17 May 2011  #28
I need to speak 90% of the time in Italian and the rest in Polish....what do u think ? too low salary ?

does that include them paying your ZUS etc? Holiday pay?
Olaf 6 | 956
18 May 2011  #29
As much as you can afford

Are you really using this? Wow, I must adopt it some time!
delphiandomine 83 | 17,626
18 May 2011  #30
Once, it worked for me!

They told me their offer, it was higher than what I wanted....so I, naturally, sat back and had a think before saying yes :P


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