Discussions about pay, benefits, or vacation are never a good idea during the first interview. Employers need to know that you are focused on this position because you believe working with the company is a truly good fit with your interests and background – not because you are looking for a specific salary, benefits, or vacation package. You want to convey that you are interested in helping this company be successful over the long term while simultaneously growing your career. There will be ample time to discuss compensation later in the process.

If an interviewer asks what you are expecting in compensation, say ” I know I can make a significant impact over the short and long term. Based on my experience and potential I’m confident you would make an appropriate offer if I’m fortunate enough to get to that point in the process.