5 Tips for Talking Money With a Potential Employer

Robert Half International

Discussing compensation and benefits with a potential employer when the economy is humming can be nerve--wracking; in a recession, it can be downright scary. But applicants should be ready -- and willing -- to bring up the topic with hiring managers. In fact, more than half (56 percent) of senior executive surveyed by Robert Half International said they are comfortable with applicants asking about salary in the first or second interview.

Following are five tips to help ensure you're well-prepared to negotiate compensation: