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Discuss salary on the interview
"Job seekers should do their homework and find out what the going rate is for the type of work that they do, but it is not considered appropriate for job seekers to ask what the job pays during the interview," says Cheryl Palmer, a career coach in the Washington, D.C., area.
So when is it OK to ask? When the company makes an offer. "You know that they want you, and that is when you are in the best position to negotiate," she says. "The basic rule of thumb with salary negotiation is that the first person who mentions salary loses."