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


My name is Cristina P. I have fifteen years I worked in human resources and in this case is possible only if the head of area accepts the delay in the recruitment and so we wait for the candidate. If the boss does not agree to hire the second option. I think is better heard the request of the new employes before sign your contract.

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Sarah is very good negotiator. I hope I can negotiate well like her. I just applying for some jobs recently and while waiting, shaping my grammar wouldn't be bad. Hope I can be more fluent and excellent in grammar and speaking. Looking forward for anyone or LearnEnglish team to give feedback. Please don't hesitate to chat or talk with me :) 

I think she's not a very professional and/or realistic character.
I work also in IT sector, how can somebody ask to delay is job starting from 1 week to 1 month ? And inform this just a week before ?
This can affect all the schedule of the company, they would hire another person if they (the company) knew before.
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Hello Eko69!
I think you make some interesting points about the video! Remember, though, the vidoes are there to demonstrate the language you might use - and there are some situations where you might need to delay a little.Maybe not one month, though...
Also, I'm happy you like our Word on the Streets videos enough to download them. Unfortunately, however, for legal reasons, we cannot make these videos available for download, although you are welcome to watch them as many times as you like on our site.
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Your web is so great to me. My English is much better thank to your video. I wonder how can I download the video...

Hello, I am Vietnamese!
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