I agree so hard to with this. It actually does hurt to ask. I think a better alternate suggestion is BE HONEST about your salary desires and KNOW what you want when going into the interview process. Don’t be afraid to ask upfront. This way prospective employers have a better idea of whether or not you’re a fit for the role they have budgeted. But fishing after an offer is made (especially when the applicant is nebulous on what they’re looking for initially) is bleh. I find it usually indicative of someone who doesn’t know their industry, and (while not a dealbreaker) it’s a major turnoff.