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Episode 09

Before accepting the job offer, Sarah negotiates a few terms of her contract.

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


In my area its not common to negotiate the terms of the contract, you can only negotiate about salary but if you were overqualified , you would negotiate other terms

in Mexico it depends on the size on the company but usually in Mexico you can negotiate salary but not holidays

In my case, I only could negotiate the starting date but talk about the salary, It was complicated because I had finished my career a few days ago, so, I hadn't enough experience to claim such as a better salary.

Yes, it's common in my field, because every company has its pay scale and incentive schemes so we should negotiate to get a proper offer matching with experiences.

I think this kind of negotiation is for small businesses. In big companies you usually have no flexibility to ask for a bonus or ask for a few days off even before starting to work. You might be able to negotiate the pay scale tho.

Is it common in your area of work to negotiate the terms of a new job, as Sarah did?
Yes it is common in particular regarding the start date and the salary.
There is very often a wide salary range depending on the company and the experience of the candidate and the compensations can differ from one company to another. So you'd better discuss and negotiate.

Yes, I agree with you.

It's not so common but, when the right time is come, is really good have a chance to talk about receive a better salary or a promotion.

Yes. It's really possible.

No. I'm a sellerman in a clothes' shop. We earn bonus by the comissions we individually made, but there's no negotiations of the contract that the company gives to us.