In most cases, when a company is looking to hire you, they would ask for all necessary documents – including your salary slips and bank statements to see how much was your package in your previous job. Now, while some might argue it is unnecessary, others might think otherwise.
And that is exactly what people online have been discussing lately. A woman named Shruti Chaturvedi took to Twitter to express how asking for salary slips before making a job offer is “outrageous” and questioned what role does the previous salary play.
I think asking for salary slips/bank statements before making a job offer is outrageous!
What does someone's previous salary have to do with what you should pay them for the role you are hiring for?
Maybe they were underpaid in their previous job, you pay what you have to na.
— Shruti Chaturvedi (@adhicutting) December 15, 2021
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This started a debate. On one hand, several people argued that salary slips act as proof of your previous job, considering many people tend to lie on their resumes.
1. Applicants usually ask for x% hike from previous salary. Ofc you need to know what that implies & require proof.
2. Old salary breakdown helps create a similar structure in new salary.
3. Roles aren’t always tightly budgeted for and are flexible depending on the person joining
— Anant (@AnantNoFilter) December 16, 2021
This statement is as outrageous as expecting someone to blindly trust you on the number you quote as previous salary. We are not yet fully integrated in the block chain world! Don’t feed unnecessary ideas for likes and retweets.
— DravidaMaghan (@Dravidamaghan) December 16, 2021
Not for salary negotiations but to establish the fact that the person was infact genuinely employed in that organisation and receiving a salary.
— Ranendra Ojha 🇮🇳 (@ranendra_ojha) December 16, 2021
Pay slip is just to confirm if you are not making false claim on what you were getting.
I totally agree, your previous salary is not a yardstick for subsequent salary.
Just that data needs to be consistent.
— Simon Robin (@simon_robin) December 15, 2021
1. To check if the candidate is not grossly lying in the resume
2. Companies are short sighted and often prioritize cutting costs over talent acquisition
— Ban_stantine (@The_RealBan) December 16, 2021
Many companies ask for salary slips/bank statements as a confirmation that candidates aren’t lying about their previous job experience. Fake job certificates can be easily made. Many companies can’t/don’t reach out to previous employer.
— Mr. Jaiswal (@saketjaiswal_sj) December 16, 2021
One of the major reasons companies do this is because people abscond and furnish fake relieving/experience certificates. A bank statement would verify that they are indeed working for that company.
— Akhil (@Akhilgooner) December 16, 2021
On the other hand, there were also people who argued that it is indeed unnecessary. Some revealed that Human Resources already have a set salary scale for a particular job role.
Thank you for saying this! I had this argument with a recruiter last week. I don’t understand why we are only as valuable as our last job rather than our skill set. & my other pet peeve? Cos. dont provide a salary scale with JDs. What the heck does ‘competitive’ mean?
— SeemaBP (@seema_bp) December 16, 2021
As a practising HR I think it’s complete stupidity. Since in most organizations jobs are graded and pay range for roles are available one should be paid basis the role he is being hired for and not basis his last comp.
— SOURYA S.DASH (@souryadash) December 16, 2021
This happens only in India and not in western world. Its the HR who makes an offer based on the budget allotted for the post which they are hiring.
— Baroon Varma Барун Варма 🇮🇳 (@BaroonV) December 15, 2021
Whole heartedly agree. Asking for so much information prior has no meaning. Why ask any person to put out so much personal information. Is it a CBI enquiry. Once selected ask for relevant personal information to match your expectations. Previous job salary is irrelevant.
— JATINDER SINGH (@jatinsingh100) December 16, 2021
Couldn’t agree more. Infact every role has a designated salary budget. If the candidate fits that role, he should be paid…the HR turns company patriotic when it comes to negotiation. It’s a hangover that needs to change in current scenario
— Sandeep Kanwar 🇮🇳 (@Sandykanwar) December 16, 2021
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