If you’ve interviewed for a new job in the last few years, you probably remember one of the stickiest parts of the process: when your prospective new employer asks about your current salary. Particularly if you’re looking to make an upward move, or if you feel your current employer is undercompensating you, then your current salary isn’t just irrelevant, it’s potentially harmful to the prospects for your next job. This opinion piece, written by a Google vice president, explores how the salary question is perpetuating the gender pay gap and how a change in companies’ hiring processes could narrow that gap.

The Washington Post: “How the ‘what’s your current salary?’ question hurts the gender pay gap.”