Salary expectations are intimidating to answer for freshers. IT industry exploiting freshers but pays bigger salaries to seniors, says Ex Infosys director Mohandas Pai
Recently, a final-year B.Tech student from NIT Jalandhar took to X (formally Twitter) on the relatively low salaries for fresh graduates and demanding work conditions.
He shared a screenshot highlighting the terms and conditions of Tech Mahindra. The Post highlights the following terms and conditions for the position:
- The company’s shift times include working 24×7.
- An indemnity bond for Rs 1 lakh which includes a mandatory two-year service period from their date of joining.
- A three-month probation period.
**The details mentioned in the post for the organization (Tech Mahindra) have been verified by Sightsin Plus and the post was later on deleted from the account.
Earlier, Wipro reduced the employee’s salary by 50 percent from Rs 6.5 lakh to Rs 3.5 lakh per annum, more than 90% of the freshers have accepted lower salary options.
Jatin Dalal, chief financial officer at Wipro said, “The next-gen associates were given both the options and 92% of the campus hires chose to join Wipro at the original offer.”
Wipro has reduced the employees’ salary by 50 percent from Rs 6.5 lakh to Rs 3.5 lakh per annum. The company provided training to fresher employees. This allows the Elite fresher candidate to upgrade to the ‘Turbo’ category. This also upgrades the salary package of employees.
However, Tannu Priya shared a post on LinkedIn sharing some short post saying, “Salary expectations are intimidating to answer, especially for the freshers”:
Discussing salary expectations can be intimidating, especially for freshers who may not have much prior experience negotiating compensation. However, it’s a crucial part of the job search process, and approaching it strategically can help you secure a fair and competitive salary.
Here are some tips to help you navigate this conversation:
Research Industry Standards
Before any interview, research typical the ranges of salaries for the position you’re applying for in your industry and location. Websites like Glassdoor, Payscale, and LinkedIn can provide valuable salary information.
Consider Your Skills and Experience
Assess your skills, education, internships, and any relevant coursework. Be prepared to discuss how these qualifications justify your salary expectations.
While you want that fair salaries should be it’s essential to be realistic, especially as a fresher. Set a reasonable salary range that reflects your qualifications and the market, but also takes into account your limited experience.
Don’t Bring Up Salary Too Early
Let the employer initiate the discussion of the salaries. Avoid mentioning salary expectations in your initial application or during the early stages of the interview process.
Express Enthusiasm and Flexibility
When asked about salary expectations, express your enthusiasm for the role and your willingness to consider a fair and competitive offer.
Use a Range
Instead of giving a single number, provide a range. This allows for negotiation and flexibility while still conveying your expectations.