I'm an SE and I've been in contact with a recruiter for a senior software engineer position. I don't know if I should have told her this, but mentioned to her how much I make now when she asked me this question. I currently make around $90k. How much should I reasonably expect? Is there a certain percentage companies usually raise if my current salary is known?
Future pro-tip: always lie how much you make. Add 10-15% to your current salary. And then ask for 10-15% more. Better yet say that you can't disclose your current financial contract with current employer. This would make them appreciate you of respecting the NDA you signed (+5 to trust) even if you didn't.
In the current situation (should the recruiter come back to you with the offer), lie again that you said about the opportunity to your current manager and they gave you a 10-15% raise to stay in current position. Then ask for 10-15% more. Granted this reduces the chance of getting the position because of your financial needs, but I believe getting bad economic deal is far worse, because of changed environment, projects and coworkers.
Discretion is a great tool in appropriate circumstances, but lies often have a way of coming back to bite you. I'm always surprised at the inventive ways karma will find to remind you that it's there.
Whenever I'm tempted to do or say something I might later regret, I hope someone will remind me of these great words by Rudyard Kipling:
"If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,But make allowance for their doubting too;If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,Or being hated, don't give way to hating,And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:"
"If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;If you can meet with Triumph and DisasterAnd treat those two impostors just the same;If you can bear to hear the truth you've spokenTwisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:"
"If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,And lose, and start again at your beginningsAnd never breathe a word about your loss;If you can force your heart and nerve and sinewTo serve your turn long after they are gone,And so hold on when there is nothing in youExcept the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'"
"If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,' Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,If all men count with you, but none too much;If you can fill the unforgiving minuteWith sixty seconds' worth of distance run,Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!"
I agree, it could really work in your favor, but it also could work against you:
1) You'll be asked to provide a W2 (I've seen this before)2) They'll ask your former employer who won't be as discreet.
In theory, it'd be awesome though.