Work/Job – IELTS Speaking Part 1, 2, 3 & Model Answers
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Here is a list of speaking part 1, 2, 3 questions on the topic ‘Work/Job‘ that IELTS learners shared with us. Try and answer them to prepare yourself for the IELTS test.
Speaking Part 1
1 Do you work or study?
Well, for the past couple of years, I’ve been working for Wipro as a WebDeveloper, which is among the top 10 listed firms in my country. In fact, this is my first job ever & I love it so much, and I think it’s a very interesting, yet challenging line of work. Currently, I’m working really hard to contribute to the success of this prestigious company.
2 Why did you choose your job?
I am really into coding, and I always believe that I was born for coding. My dream is to be a successful coder one day.
3 What do you like about your job?/ Why did you choose to do that type of work?
I guess it’s mainly because of job flexibility & my passion for journalism. To be more specific, this job offers me alternatives to the typical nine-to-five work schedule, enabling me to find a better balance between work and life. Besides, this job gives me opportunities to pursue my dream to become a journalist down the road.
Well, I guess the thing I like most about this job is the salary. I make what I’d consider is a lucrative income, which means not only is it enough to cover my bills, but there’s also some extra to spend on whatever I want. So on payday, I often treat myself to a meal at a high-end restaurant or splurge on a nice shirt.
4 What do you dislike about your job?
Sometimes I feel dead tired when sitting in front of a computer screen all day long to deal with an overwhelming workload. I mean, I’ve led a sedentary lifestyle which really exerts a negative effect on my physical & mental health & I have had a very hectic schedule, which always keeps me up to my ears in deadlines. Down the road, I am yearning for a job that involves dealing with people & makes me feel less stressed.
5 Is there some other kind of work you would rather do?
Actually, I don’t think I would be able to dedicate myself to any other job besides this one. In fact, for me, it’s the experiences and opportunities I can gain that matter.
6 Where do you want to see yourself in 10 years?
Well, this question pops into my mind from time to time, but to be honest, I have never managed to have an answer for it. I reckon that 10 years is such a long time and anything could happen, so it is hard to tell from now.
7 Do you miss being a student?
I surely will miss my student life once I get involved in the work culture. For me, I think when I’m a student, at least I have someone to guide me, whereas at work mostly you’ll have to guide yourself. The academic environment is more or less like a comfort zone for me, while I’m sure I’ll struggle with fitting in the working environment.
8 What do you do after work?
I normally cook dinner, relax and walk my dog. Depending on my schedule, I might have plans with friends to meet for a coffee or shopping. In summer I go to the beach for a couple of hours then return home to cook dinner.
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Speaking Part 2
Describe your idea of making a good first impression in a job interview.
You should say :
- why it is important.
- is it important to make a good last impression as well
- what ways would you do it in your job interview
- and explain how to make a good first impression in a job interview.
Sample Answer 1
It’s of common sense that most people at my age are now seeking for good job opportunities. Thus, I have to get to know how to leave a good first impression in a job interview. Today, I would like to share with you some of my knowledge about this topic.
In a professional situation, the first impressions are significantly important. Most job interviews don’t last more than 45 minutes. In such a short period of time, from those who don’t know anything about ourselves, we have to persuade them that we are qualified enough for the position we applied for. Thus, a good first impression can help to increase the success rate in our application process.
There are many things a candidate can do to create a positive first impression. You may follow these tips such as arriving on time for the interview, dressing formally, use appropriate ways of behaviour and communications. Besides, there are some noted points that you should pay much attention to like job description, company information which you acquired through researches. By going through the required tasks and skills for the vacancy, company’s culture or giving some suggestions to improve the productivity of the tasks you might be in charge of when you take that position can help you stand out from other candidates. For me, I would choose to follow all tips above.
Apart from the first impression, I strongly believe that last impressions are important as well. Often we are not accepted immediately in the interview. The recruiting team will have to take into account all candidates’ performances during the interview to choose the most suitable ones for the position. Therefore first impressions alone are not enough, we have to build a strong relationship with recruiters by making a good last impression too. By doing so, we show our respect to the recruiters and the job we apply for.
Being in a job interview is not an enjoyable experience. However, we have to get through it to pursue our dream jobs. Thus, we should prepare well enough for occasions like that.
Vocabulary For Cue Card
- Be of common sense: something that is widely known
Eg: The fact that “the sun rises in the east and set in the west” is of common sense.
- Go through: study carefully about
Eg: Collins went through every legal book she could find.
- Vacancy: a job that no one is doing and is available for someone new to do.
Eg: There is a vacancy for a shop assistant on Saturdays.
- Stand out: to be much better than other similar things or people
Eg: We had lots of good applicants for the job, but one stood out from the rest.
- Take into account: to consider or remember something when judging a situation
Eg: A good architect takes into account the building’s surroundings.
- Get through: to manage to deal with a difficult situation
Eg: I just have to get through the first five minutes of my speech, and then I’ll be fine.
Sample Answer 2
The first impression you make on others will undoubtedly have a long-term impact on how people see you. This judgement is amplified during job interviews, which are aimed to ensure your personal and professional fit inside an organisation. In a brief amount of time, you must persuade the interviewer – who doesn’t know anything about you that you are well-suited to the role you have applied for. As a result, making a strong first impression can help you enhance your chances of success.
Similarly, when you are leaving the company for a new position, you want to maintain a good relationship with your previous employer, as they are part of your professional network and can aid you in the future.
I always do a lot of in-depth research for my interviews beforehand. I try to be self-assured but not arrogant. I also take care to respond to questions thoughtfully and organically. It’s good to truly listen to the questions being asked and avoid delivering formulaic answers. It is also essential to dress appropriately. Clothing and style reveal far more about a person than most people realise.
My advice to anyone who is nervous about an interview is to be calm and approach it as an opportunity to grow, not like a test. If you’re friendly, approachable and sincere, then you’re sure to make a positive impression on anyone.
Speaking Part 3
1 Which jobs would you say are most respected in your country?
Well, I have never thought about this, but I reckon that professional careers such as the fields of law, education, and medicine may be the most highly-acclaimed ones. It is mainly because people working in these fields can easily earn lucrative income compared to others.
2 Some people say it’s better to work for yourself than be employed by a company. What’s your opinion?
Well, I used to be a full-time employee & felt very stressed. To be specific, most of the time, I had a hectic schedule & was up to ears in heavy workloads to meet deadlines. Therefore, although running my own business is really challenging, I do feel far more comfortable with it.
3 What changes in employment have there been in recent years in your country?
As far as I know, more and more people, especially the young generations are involved in setting up their own businesses. Thus, the “start-up” community is now more alive than ever, especially tech startups.
4 What are some of the important things a candidate should find out before accepting a job?
Well, this is an interesting question. If I were offered a job, I would definitely go through the company’s compensation package such as salary, allowances, maternity or paternity leave, insurance, pension plans, vacations, etc. Also, I’d need to know about my area of responsibilities so that I can make sure that I will not be overwhelmed with heavy workloads down the road.
Vocabulary For Speaking part 3
- Highly-acclaimed: public approval and praise
Eg: Chetan Bhagat has published many highly acclaimed novels.
- Lucrative: producing much money or making a large profit
Eg: In the campus placements, 102 students recieved lucrative offers from top MNCs.
- Hectic: extremely busy
Eg: After a hectic week, she decided to take a day off.
- Deadlines: a time or day by which something must be done
Eg: The deadline to submit the application form was yesterday.
- Go through: search through or examine something, especially methodically.
Eg: The teacher went through her exam paper and found extra answers.
- Overwhelmed: to be too much to deal with
Eg: Meera was overwhelmed with guilt as she forgot her best friend’s birthday.
- Start-up: a young company founded by one or more entrepreneurs to develop a unique product or service.
Eg: His new start-up has generated more revenue than last year.
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