Note: This is a mock interview lasting for about five minutes. The questions are in bold while the answers are in italics. Please note that I’ve not repeated the question statement in any answer. The tense is well maintained. In speaking, unlike in writing, you can make short sentences such as “Certainly” or “Pleased to meet you.” You can’t do that in writing module.
- What is your full name? I’m Sartaj. Pleased to meet you.
- Can I see your ID? Sure. Here it is. (don’t just hand over your identity card silently. This is a speaking test. So, speak something appropriate.)
- Where are you from? I’m from Chandigarh, the city beautiful.
- Why is Chandigarh called ‘The city beautiful’? This city is not only a well planned urban area but also a symbol of a sustainable city to be emulated. Its an optimum mixture of human settlements and nature coexisting in perfect synchrony.
- Do you work or study? I’m a student of History. (Note: I’ve not repeated the words ‘work’ or ‘study’.)
- Why did you choose History? Well, my father is an avid reader of global history in general and Indian history in particular. As a kid, I was exposed to these books and, consequently, I developed an interest in History. Later I decided to take this interest forward to make a career as a Historian. (Note: I’ve given a background to create a LOGICAL answer.)
- Let’s talk about the place where you live. Do you live in a house or an apartment? Well, I live in a flat on the eighth floor of XYZ society in Sector 56 of Chandigarh. It’s a wonderful place to live.
- What would your ideal house look like? I guess I’m living in a perfect house. It has all the facilities of a modern house. (Note: I’ve used PERFECT in place of IDEAL.)
- Let’s talk about neighbors. Do you know all of your neighbors? I’m a very social person and so is my family. We’re either inviting someone every day or are being invited by someone. Consequently, I know all my neighbors very well.
- Do you think it is important to have good neighbors? Undoubtedly yes. We need neighbors who are also friends. Since humans are social creatures, we need good relationships with other humans to live a healthy life.
- Let’s talk about transport. Do you prefer to travel by bus or train? Well, my choice of transport depends on the destination. I think a bus and a train complement each other. They’re not competitors. So, I prefer both of them.
- In the future, do you think you will travel more by buses or underground trains? It depends on connectivity. If the underground trains connect to all major destinations of my city, I will prefer traveling by underground trains and catch a bus to reach my final destination.
- What do you think the government should do to improve bus transport system in your country? My city’s administration has invested heavily in a huge network of air-conditioned buses. However, India as a country lags in making such endeavors. In order to tackle the problem of climate change, the Indian government must invest heavily not only to reach farthest corners of the country using public transport but also to make it more comfortable and accessible.
This was a FIVE to SEVEN minutes IELTS interview session. Please note the manner in which I’ve answered the questions and feel free to discuss in the comments section. Follow this blog or like our Facebook page.
Here is a link to another mock interview.