“So, [candidate-person], how much do you currently make?”
How is it that something so obviously inappropriate to ask in any social or professional setting is one of the boilerplate questions asked of every job candidate?
“What do you currently make?” Excuse me, but what in the hell does that have to do with the price of grits in Charleston?*
I know the reason the question is asked – or at least I know the spirit of the question – but think about it from a candidate’s vantage point. Why would I offer you information that could be damaging to me?