Before accepting the job offer Sarah meets Marcia to try to negotiate on a few areas of her contract.

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Task 1

Comprehension Task

Watch the video. Then decide if the sentences below are true or false.


Task 2

 Business notes

In this video Sarah meets Marcia to negotiate on some of the details in her contract.

Companies are often used to people negotiating so, as long as you're realistic and polite, and can justify your requests then it's likely that you will get something out of it.

Negotiating is more than just about your salary though, you can also negotiate on, for example, monthly salary, bonuses, car allowance, pension contributions, healthcare contributions, number of days holiday or even future salary review dates.

Some companies have fixed policies about benefits, depending on the level of the position. This can make negotiation tricky, as the employer may literally have little say over the package. This was the case with Marcia who was unable to offer Sara a higher salary or more days holiday.

If this is the case, simply ask them where they could be flexible - and negotiate from there. Sarah was successful in getting added to a bonus scheme and changing her start date through her persistence.




Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


It's good learning experience have really liked it.

Sarah is a super negotiator! I definitely can't respond as quickly as she did in English.

Marcia and Sarah talked about the job description.

materials for learning English here are so useful! Thank you so much!

I have a problem that I cant watch the video on the learnenglish website.I just find some viedo on the youku.How can I fix this......

Hello Lysle,

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i found the explanation on Preparation :-), thanks

Please let me know if i don't understand some phrases like " fire away" where can i find out what is it mean?

Hello thuho,

You can find many phrases (including this one) in the Cambridge Dictionaries Online – see the handy search box on the lower right side of this page.

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The LearnEnglish Team

I haven't seen where is the Dictionary Online on this page yet