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.





it's seems british council officials are very meticulous about doing english exercise for practice.impressive!  i rather delighted.

I like this very much.This is a tremendous opportunity to further strengthen your English. I say thank you to British Council.

i cannot see the video, please help jiji :)

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I could not see video! I klicked on " can't see video" but it didn't work. pls help me.

What a pity! I could not see the video at the moment.
Please help!!! Thanks!!!

Hello again Kaofeng!
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Jeremy Bee
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Hi Jeremy,
It's okay now. I can see the video without problem right now.
Thank you!!!

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.

i dont know how to download the video clips for business & work....can get help please?