What Starting Salary are you Looking for?

Sometime ago I witnessed an interview at one mid-sized company. They were recruiting for a graduate accounting position. There was this particular lady, looking sharp and smart, as the Human resources officer was winding up the interview with her, I decided to pay attention to the last question.

The Human resources officer asked the young lady who I learnt earlier was fresh out of the University of Lagos,
“Last question, what starting salary are you looking for?” The lady replied, “In the region of N3.6m a year, depending on the benefits package.”

The interviewer then replied, “Well, what would you say to a package of five weeks vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement fund to 50% of salary, and a company car?” The lady sits up straight and says, “Wow! Are you kidding?” The interviewer replies, “Yeah, but you started it.”

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