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The worst question you could ask women in a job interview


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Do most companies really set their salary scales based on INDIVIDUAL NEGOTIATION!?!?? That seems totally irrational and dumb. At our startups we basically just figure out the market value of the job, with a small scalar based on how much we want that particular person -- which can be negative ("get me this person IFF they will take this number") as well as positive ("I have worked with this person before and guarantee s/he will be ultra productive") -- and then offer that. Remember that bad hiring always comes from "need, greed, and speed"... check yourself before you wreck yourself!!!

It really is true that one way companies can do their part to help solve the persistent and enigmatic problem of the gender pay gap: 

Stop asking, "What's your salary history?"

If companies relied less on what people made in their past jobs, and more on the actual market value of the job being filled, they’d be less likely to perpetuate the gap between men's and women's salaries. After all, when employers base someone's new salary off of their former salary elsewhere, they just compound any past biases or negotiation disadvantages.

Think about it this way. Unequal salaries can be “self-perpetuating,” said Molly Anderson, founder of the consulting firm Exponential Talent. Employees who negotiate a higher salary early in their career — or are awarded one due to some kind of unconscious bias — benefit for years as they get promoted or take on new jobs.

Reddit interim CEO Ellen Pao—Silicon Valley’s recent poster woman for gender issues—recently said she has even taken negotiating out of her organization's hiring process.

There are also other considerations, like the types of benefits that go with certain positions, such as company cars to field/sales reps, and other things. I've seen companies where the jobs were "equal" except the perks tended to go to male-prevalent jobs. 

So the inequality manifests itself in other ways too? Damn. 

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