I've applied for a job as a Service Writer in a local Automobile Repair Shop. It's a (substantial) step down from the jobs I have previously held (Executive VP, etc.)...but I need the work & have a long-running interest in cars. During my first interview the shop owner asked "How my W2s have looked over the past few years?". I provided general salary ranges. He followed-up with an email asking about my "income". I responded, politely asking for clarification because there's a BIG difference between "salary history" and "income". My income includes; contract consultation fees, investments, property leases, etc. These, to me, seem well outside the area of his concern. He now has sent another email asking to schedule a second interview, including a "review of my W2s". I've already provided professional references with whom he has spoken. I've provided an unembllished resume'. This job requires no high-level security clearance & will likely not reach 50% of my previous salary. For Gaud's Sake, it's a counter job at a Car Shop! How far into my personal finances (mortgage-free home value, portfolio value, 401K, Roth IRA, etc.) do I allow as a pre-condition for job consideration? Why is my "income" so (repeatedly) important for him to know? I've never dealt with this sort of thing. I'm looking for input & opinions. Thanks, and Happy New Year!