在接受工作任命之前,Sarah 会见了Marcia 与她协商她合同中的一些事宜。

先做准备练习 。 然后观看视频内容。之后到任务 中做做练习。任何时候都可以参考文字文本,帮助理解。

Task 1

Comprehension Task

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

Exercise

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.

 
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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2

Comments

Great video. I learned a lot from it.
But can anyone tell me why using past tense here "there were one or two specifics" and here "wanted to talk about" in the sentence "But before I sign the contract there were one or two specifics I wanted to talk about." ?

Hello kellychen,

The past tense is often used in requests to make them more indirect, and therefore more polite. There is an explanation of this one our past tense page, and what you've spotted here is an excellent example of it.

Best wishes,

Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team