This is a question that I would estimate over 80% of candidates get wrong. Most will blurt out a figure – this is a huge mistake. A better strategy is to get the monkey off your back and turn the question around and ask the employer if they have a budget for the position? Remember that your most vital point in negotiating an exceptional salary package is when they have fallen in love with you and have decided that they must hire you! Avoid painting yourself into a corner early in the recruitment process by disclosing your salary expectations.