An unemployed man who off has a PhD and 13 years of experience: “Well, I’m making about $110 now, but that isn’t necessarily firm. I’m really just hoping to find a job I like.”
Ok, I guess in this economy, that isn’t awful to admit.
Except he followed up with: “Maybe at least $80k.”
Woah. What? You are willing to take what entry level PhD’s are (probably) making?? And even if you ran your budget numbers and calculated that you could live on $80k, and you decided for yourself you would accept as low as $80k… don’t tell them that! Especially not at the phone screen stage!
Yikes. I think he was caught off guard, but you should be prepared to answer that question (or rather, to deflect it if possible).