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Old 29th January 2014, 07:44 PM
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My view - don't jump ahead of yourself. First things first. Focus on doing well at the interview.
Then depending on the offer, devise your response .

For eg.if total package is $15 k, go back and say, your expectations were $15k plus housing allowance.

At the end of the day you need to know what your bottom line figure is. If you're not prepared to go below $22k, then depending on their response to your initial request, you can start to play hardball.
I think you are absolutely right. Thank you!

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Thank you for your input. I believe what you mentioned is the sad truth about living in Dubai. Have you figured out a way to tackle people with such mentality in your career in Dubai so far? My interviewer is from South Africa and has been extremely polite to me so far in the process, I hope she's different.
One of the things I did was to specialize with professional certifications within my profession. Not only does it add to your educational profile but also differentiates you more as a candidate.

Another thing is patience! Relevant local/regional work experience works wonders out here. Not sure if you have any yet, but if not then patiently earning that experience even though the wage might not be up to scratch is something to think about.

Finally, target big global, multi-national and regional players. That would help with the experience bit mentioned above, and they are most likely to be the one's actively looking for your type of candidates. Also, almost all of these companies have proper, regulated and monitored HR practices, which negates a lot of discrimination that you might be at risk to (this is not to say it might not still happen...).

Hope that helps, the above is just my take on it, but also factor in luck. Some people are just more lucky than others .
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