IELTS Cue Card Sample 502 - Describe your idea of making a good first impression

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

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.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Sample Answer 1:
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to talk to you about how to make a good first impression in a job interview.  I will talk about why this is important; things someone can do to help create that perfect ‘first impression’; how to leave the interviewer with a good ‘last impression’ and finally I will wish the success for a job searcher. 

In a professional situation, first impressions are extremely important.  If for example, someone is attending a job interview, he needs to create a good impression as soon as he meets the interviewer. That way the employer is more likely to want to offer him the job.

There are many things a candidate can do to help create the best possible impression. For example, being on time!  If someone has an appointment, it is important to arrive a few minutes early so that the meeting can start exactly on time. He should make sure he is appropriately dressed. If it is a job interview, it is a good idea to dress smartly. It will help a candidate to feel confident and will make him look more professional. He should also make sure that he is clean and well presented, he should not smell of cigarette smoke. Finally, the candidate must make sure that he does not have anything caught between his teeth! He should look in a mirror before he goes in to make sure he looks OK.

The smile helps a candidate to relax and will make him look friendly. In many cultures, it is important to make eye contact with the other person – but a candidate should not stare as it might uncomfortable for the interviewer! For a job interview, it is usual to shake hands. A candidate might want to practice doing this so it will feel natural to him. He should wait for the interviewer to ask him to sit down. When he sits down, he should try to look confident and relaxed, sit back on the chair and thank the interviewers for inviting him in to talk to them. He must not slouch and look too relaxed, but also he should not perch on the front of the seat either – this way, the candidate will look uncomfortable and it will make his interviewers feel uncomfortable too!

A candidate will also create a good impression at interview if he has prepared thoroughly for the meeting. He must ensure that he has researched the job and the company. He must be clear about what he can offer them and why he would be good at the job.

When he answers questions, he should try to be positive and enthusiastic as well as friendly.  He needs to show his personality as well as his skills. At the end of the interview, he needs to think about the last impression he makes on the employer. That way, they will remember the candidate more positively. The candidate should thank the person for seeing him, then stand up, shake hands again and smile as he leaves the room.  The candidate wants the interviewer to think as he leaves- ‘what a lovely candidate, I would like him to come and work with me!’

I hope if a candidate follows this advice it will help him to form a good impression at interviews when he meets people for the first time in a formal environment.

[ Written by - Lucy Marris ]


 

Sample Answer 2:
A job interview is an event or arrangement when the employing authority tries to judge the overall competency of the applicants for the post they have applied for. Hence, this is really an important issue to consider. Now, I will describe the importance and few preparation tips for the first impression which are beneficial for a job interview.

This is quite natural that the employers will try to critically examine how competent the applicant is for the post. Because if they recruit any novice or the individual who lacks the idea about the job descriptions, then surely there will be some unwanted events. So, if the applicants cannot prove their worth at the interview board, there is a less chance to have the job. Instead, the job will be offered to someone more proficient with the requirements of the authority. Undoubtedly, everyone should agree on the fact that the first impression the most important thing and the memory of the first meeting lasts for longer with the people.   

If you make a good first impression, in the beginning, it is better to continue till the last. In fact, when you start behaving politely in the opening, the audience or the employer authority will expect you to be the same until the last moment. If you even slightly deviate from the position, they will notice the fact and that may help them taking any negative decision on you. So, if someone really wants to have the job, then it is very important to continue the impression as long as they can. Certainly, the situations in interview board will change and all the situations might not be in your favour or under your control. The interviewers will try to test the applicants in different ways and analyse the reactions. In fact, this is a strategy to assess an applicant. So, if you do not continue the first impression, there are chances that your missing job. With each of your reactions, the chances of having the job are stepping away from you.   

I would follow some simple but effective techniques to prove myself as a competent candidate. Professionalism is the key issue here. Almost all the employers want their employees to be professional in all possible terms as long as they will stay in office. Aside from this feature, they also want their employees to be well groomed, clean and tidy. So, when I prepare for myself for any interviews, I try to maintain the usual issues. Academic results are also another important aspect here. But everyone might not have the same academic career or in some cases, the issue is a bit relaxed to some extent. Whatever the scores are, as a candidate you have to present them before the interview board and mention clearly about the grades so that there are no confusions over the issue. Basically, these are they ways that I do for a job interview.  

Making a good first impression is really a hard task and everyone cannot do it effectively. There are some basic principles for this task. First of all, as a job candidate, you have to be well educated. Then you should know your job. It is a must. When you will apply for any post at any corporation, the interviewers will ask you about the company and the jobs you are supposed to execute. In such situations, it is really difficult to answer if you do not have the right data. Thereby, collecting important data about the job and company helps to create a positive impression on the authority. Wearing formal dresses is the other important thing to do. You cannot move casually for a job interview and it will prove your insincerity. Besides, you should also be present at the interview venue before the scheduled hour. Talking politely and listening more will help you to a great extent. Moreover, keep your answers short as much possible and to the point. If anyone can perform all the activities and have a luck, there are chances to create a good first impression at the job interview.
 


 

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