This is a very tricky question. The first step is to try not to answer first. So, don’t answer it right away. Instead, say something like, “That’s a tough question. Can you tell me the range for this position?” In most cases, the interviewer will tell you because you have cought them off guard. If not, say that it can depend on the details of the job. Then give a wide range that would be acceptable to you (keeping it on the high side).
You can always check up with your friends or some of the employess working in the same firm or a similar firm in the same city….always ask him to brief you about the salary and the various perks that will accompany it…..in most of the cases,the executive will try to flaunt the good points about the company……this is where you can catch him and ask the difficult questions……..and always ask him to tell the salary that you will get in hand (coz this is normally very less compared to the year-end)…..and remember the important fact that the salary is always less in probation period when compared to the rest of the year…..so don’t forget to ask about the length of the probation period
Just do some homework on company’s profile….
Compare with other company & with your carrent company….make some positive points about company…so interviewer knows that you have sufficent knowledge about company.