Searched the forum for an answer to this but all previous threads seem to focus how to answer this question to negotiate a higher comp offer.
I've reached the point in my career where I've gained a couple years under my belt post undergrad. At this point, the volume of calls/emails/LinkedIn IM's that I've received from recruiters has scaled as well as the quality of mandates which they are putting forward. I've attended a couple of interviews so I'm fairly confident that the mandates that I've been discussing are "legit".
Question: specifically when a recruiter, who has a portfolio of mandates which he/she thinks you suit, asks "What is your current all-in comp?", what's the best strategy for a response? I'm slightly confused with this because:
A) As opposed to a company's HR, who are only negotiating 1 position, a recruiter with a solid portfolio of say 5 mandates to discuss may rule out 3 due to your implied salary expectations, even if you say you're willing to tone down your comp expectations. However, if you low ball to try and see all 5, he/she may only present you the lower salary positions.
B) As opposed to a company's HR, recruiters typically don't like to take "market" as an answer and may guesstimate what market means when presenting mandates to you, which brings me back to problem (A).