Need to ask few questions on salary negotiation part both for the employed and unemployed. While seeking a job, a candidate is offered the mentioned salary hike criteria depending on co. or market standards. Now what are company standards and what is "as per market" exactly? Then what about those who get away with as much as 50%, 100% and 120% hikes? Where does the so called Co. or market standards go then? Whats so special about such candidates? Here is a case: One of my ex-colleague is jobless since a year due to some personal and family affairs which made him threw himself out of gear to resolve those issues, having little room for himself. And now he is looking for job again as everything is resolved on personal front. He was always in touch with his technologies regularly and also upgraded himself at a certain level. He is 7 yrs exp guy with no issues cracking rounds etc. But the main point comes once he reaches the venue and faces the HR before start of any interview rounds & then during the salary negotiation part after clearing all rounds. He is disappointed being seen as some Criminal right from the beginning of the rounds. Just for the fact he has a Gap. He is only offered either the last CTC or just for Name sake given just 3-5k odd hike on last ctc. just as alms or beggary. The reason: GAP! Why is the Gap material hyped so much? Why the discrimination and exploitation? Why cant one see that the person available immediately for joining, he is afresh, he got those abilities and technicalities with his vast experience. How they play the game? Before shortlisting, co. agrees on the Expected ctc part, then comes the exploitation part after shortlisting & thereafter clearing all rounds. Then where do the company standards go? Do cos. have different set of standards for Gap employees? Does cos. got the rights to Manipulate their own standards just to exploit such poor but deserving candidates? They know pretty well how to exploit such poor guys based on the job urgency need, financial needs, fear of gap increase etc. where they actually dominate and make say Yes to agree on so and so package. Its like the HR Personally putting herself to exploit stating the gap, and you have to accept whatever comes to your plate and you cannot say NO to this job if you get selected? Why the hell such a shameful non-sense of pure exploitation on such needy employees?