Emily, thank you for this post.
I am currently looking for work and having difficulty weighing my own worth against what employers think I am worth. I also live in a place where substantial jobs are hard to come by because employers are willing to sacrifice quality for offering a less qualified professional lower pay. It has come to a point where I feel I should take lower pay rather than remain jobless.
This post has reminded me to put on my big girl boots and stand my ground. My attitude about the entire interview process is beginning to take another, more rewarding form.