BEST IELTS Speaking Interview, 8th September
IELTS SPEAKING FULL INTERVIEW
IELTS SPEAKING FULL INTERVIEW
PART – 1 INTRO PART
What is your full name?
My name is Sunita Jagtap.
Can I see your ID?
Of course, here is my ID card.
Where are you from?
I am originally from Ratnagari, but now I live in Mumbai.
Do you work or study?
I am working at the moment.
What do you do for a job?
I am working as an accountant at a school here.
Do you like your job?
Yes, I do because it is very interesting, and I learn a lot of new things from any seniors in the staff and sometimes from the teachers, too. Moreover, I happen to talk to children there every day, which is very joyful as I love children.
What responsibilities do you have at work?
I am a sales associate with Wal-Mart. I do multiple jobs. I place the order of those electronic items that are running low or on the cusp (=verge) of running out sooner. I replenish (=restock) the products, maintain sales records for inventory control and look after the register (=cash register, cash box [North American]) at times too. I also help in display of merchandise. There are many other responsibilities that I perform but these are the primary ones.
What is your typical day like in work?
During the week, we’ve moderate business activities and that’s how the retail industry behaves. As the weekend approaches, the footfalls increase manifold and it becomes a fast-paced job. During weekends, I hardy have time to breathe or even look up the face of the customer. It is an eight-hour standing job and sometimes I get tired of standing, too. We get three breaks: the lunch break for 30 minutes and two 15-minute breaks for refreshment.
Would you like to change your job in the future?
Not in near future really because I cannot risk leaving this job at the moment. I’ve bills to pay and have no other income stream to support myself financially. But definitely one fine day I’ll leave this job for my own start-up. I want to start a small business of my own. You take pressure while working, then why not you take the same pressure for your own start-up.
What would you like to change about your job?
The company’s policy is to rotate employees around the different sections and I completely understand that why they do so. They want every employee to be well-versed with each department and to get familiarized with a wide range of products. By doing this, they manufacture future managers and supervisors. It may have positive outcomes in the long run for the company. However, I’ve a contrarian view (=rejecting current practice) about this process. I would like to see employees taking care of those sections in which they are good at rather than a forced rotation.
PART – 2 CUE CARD
Describe a long walk you went on
You should say
When this happened
Where you walked
Who you were with?
How do you feel when you remember the walk?
About four years ago, I was travelling through the United States with my family. It was essentially a leisure trip mixed with a little bit of business here and there. In the course of my month-long trip through the US, I had decided to make a stop in Florida.
A childhood friend of mine had moved to America when we were in college, and had eventually settled in Miami Beach. It had been many years since I had seen him, and even though we used to stay in touch through emails and social media exchanges, there was a lot we needed to catch up on. When I finally reached his home in the afternoon both of us was ecstatic at the reunion.
After some refreshment at his home, while our families spent time relaxing, we decided to head out for a long walk by the beach. By the time we reached the sandy sea shore, the sun had turned orange and begun to start its descent into the beautiful blue Atlantic. The sound of gentle waves caressing the shoreline was most relaxing to my tired mind. My friend and I kept walking, staring at the horizon, enjoying the salty sea breeze on our faces, as we spoke of everything under the sun, starting from the day he’d left my city to move to the US.
It was indeed a nostalgic walk down memory lane, and in the course of just a few hours, we had told each other everything of importance that had happened in our lives till then. We laughed about how our appearances had changed over time, he asked me what our old city was like, and we reminisced about our old haunts in India. Both of us were so engrossed in our discussion, we didn’t even realise when evening turned to night. Physically we had walked just a few miles that day, but mentally we had travelled back and forth in time.
The journey took its toll on us, and smiling, we sat on the soft sands with chilled cans of soda in our hands. The silence between us was as comfortable as it used to be when we were back in college, and I when I look back on the walk now, I realise that no matter how far we go in life, or how many new people we meet, some things remain the same
PART – 3 FOLLOW UPS
What are the most popular outdoor sports in India?
The most popular outdoor sports in India are cricket, football, hockey, and kabaddi. Indians these days have once again started taking interest in horse riding, which used to be a sport of the royals in the medieval times. Youngsters in India have started taking high altitude trekking very seriously, too.
Why do some people dislike walking?
People have become very used to reaching from one point to another very fast, using cars, bikes, or public transport vehicles. Lifestyles have become faster, and in the race to constantly outdo others and reach their destinations, most people have forgotten the value of the journey. Walking is all about deriving joy from the journey, with or without a specific destination in sight. It requires a slightly meditative bent of mind to enjoy walking. Since some people lack this, they dislike walking.
Who is walking more suitable for?
Walking is a suitable activity for anyone who can walk unaided on his own two feet. Walking does not require any extra equipment, nor does it consume too in much of the walker’s energy. It is not very tiring, yet is a very good cardio exercise. Walking improves blood circulation, too. All these reasons make it universally suitable.
Do Indian people like to play indoor sports or outdoor sports?
India is a very large country with a very large population made up of diverse people of different castes, cultures, communities, ages, genders, and economic levels. Everyone has individual tastes and distastes, likes and dislikes. What is convenient to one, may be inconvenient to another. So, it cannot be specified whether Indians like to play indoor sports or outdoor sports. Different Indians like to play different kind of sports, depending on their childhood conditioning, the availability of equipment, terrain, and guidance where they live, their personal preferences.
What are the benefits of playing outdoor games, for children?
Childhood is the phase of highest physical and mental growth and development in humans. In these ages, if one plays outdoor games, they tend to provide the necessary exercise and movement to their bodies, thereby aiding their own growth and development. Playing outdoor games helps children stay fit and healthy, regulates their metabolism, increase their hand-eye coordination, teaches them then importance of team play, and enhances their concentration capacity by improving blood circulation to the brain.