So, I read thru about 75% of the answers that were offered and I agree with pretty much all of them. The real question is, how much do YOU feel comfortable telling them?
This really boils down to your outlook on life and the reality of the present.
I personally do not give out salary history:
-it's none of their business, it has no bearing whatsoever on any work I may be hired for
: I may be looking for more of a reasonable worklife balance and willing to accept less
should I really have to hear that stupid question from a recruiter "What makes you think you are worth 50% more?" gee, I dunno, market forces? maybe you should ask your CEO who is making $5mil/yr and has a contract with guaranteed minimum 10% increases?"
regardless of the above, is it any of their damn business? NO
-do not lie about your salary history
this one is for you HR types, I know how you score applications and resumes. No answer, points off; mis-spelled answer, points off; answers put into the wrong field, points off; this is how many paper-pushers (SPHR) justify their jobs when in reality they don't know squat about combing through the resumes
(digression: I had to sort thru 30 state applications to fill a position, even if they were over-Qualified I still had to include them in my interview rounds. out of 5 interviews, I had:
- 1 (average-qual) no-show/no-callback
- 1 (highly-qual'd) who found out some more info and then politely called back to cancel the interview
- 1 (average-qual) who couldn't tell me about any of his experience except "I've got lots of experience! ho ho ho!"
- 1 (above-avg qual) tele-conference interview who took control of the interview reading off all the questions and his responses
- 1 (basically-qual'd) tech who actually showed up with a good attitude if a bit short on some of the experience we needed
Guess which one I hired? and his was the very last app submitted just under the deadline. and I have had no regrets hiring him in the last 3 years.)
-I've had companies ask for credit scores and consumer reviews
really? please sign this document right here that says my personal data will be locked up tight (destroyed, if not hired) and that your company will be personally responsible for any data breach that results in my personal data being spread across the Internet because you certainly don't need it if I'm not hired.
You are the one who is going to have to decide how much data to share. Is it worth not getting that job? I mean, in the midst of an economic depression (circa 2005-2010, when tech jobs were few and far between) will you have enough to pay the mortgage, feed the family, hold onto what you have? What lengths are you willing to goto to hold onto your self-respect and take care of your responsibilities?
You need to examine what you are willing to give up and, at certain times, it may be less or more depending on your circumstances.