First, Some Homework
Just because you should avoid being the first to mention a salary figure doesn’t mean you should wait until you are sitting in the interviewer’s office to start thinking about salary. Part of your pre-interview homework should be determining a workable and reasonable salary range.
Create a Cash-Need Worksheet
Let’s think about those two terms: workable and reasonable. You can go about defining workable by determining your own minimum cash requirements. This does not mean the bare minimum needed for subsistence, but the least you need to feel secure and comfortable. Ultimately, only you can determine what “secure and comfortable” means, but a good rule of thumb is to figure what you need to meet all of your monthly obligations, ...