Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Monday, March 24, 2014
Yes, those very pointed questions about salary expectations can be tough. However if you are confident about what your services are worth and what the position will likely pay then it can work to your advantage. Those questions should come up during the first interview anyway so this just gets right to the point and saves time. Regarding contacting the hiring manager, there’s nothing wrong with sending a professional, brief, introductory communication to the hiring manager and including your point about the salary being negotiable. This would act much like a cover letter. Of course, this assumes you have the hiring manager’s contact information. If you don’t then rely on the accuracy of the dollar amount you entered into the application and leave the ball in their court.