Cue Card Sample

Something you do well in your job or study - Cue Card # 656

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

Describe something you do well in your job or study.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • how well you do it
  • whether it is easy or difficult

and explain why you think you do it better than others.

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


Model Answer 1:

In both my professional career and academic endeavours, one area where I excel is problem-solving. This skill has been honed through years of experience and a proactive approach to tackling challenges, enabling me to consistently deliver effective solutions in various contexts. I feel so lucky to have this topic that enables me to describe this quality of mine.

As a problem solver, I have a proven track record of identifying issues, analyzing root causes, and implementing innovative strategies to address them. Whether faced with complex technical issues in my job or challenging academic assignments, I approach each problem with a methodical and analytical mindset.

My ability to excel in problem-solving stems from a combination of factors, including strong critical thinking skills, attention to detail, and a strategic approach to problem-solving. I possess the ability to break down complex problems into manageable components, allowing me to systematically evaluate each aspect and develop comprehensive solutions.

I perform exceptionally well in problem-solving, consistently exceeding expectations and delivering high-quality outcomes. My approach is characterized by thorough research, creative thinking, and a willingness to explore unconventional solutions.

While problem-solving can be challenging, particularly when dealing with complex issues or tight deadlines, I thrive in such environments. I view challenges as opportunities for growth and innovation, embracing each problem as a chance to learn and improve.

Several factors contribute to my ability to excel in problem-solving. Firstly, I possess a strong foundation of knowledge and skills relevant to my field, allowing me to approach problems with confidence and competence. Additionally, I am highly adaptable and resourceful, able to quickly learn new concepts and apply them to diverse situations. Furthermore, my proactive and results-driven attitude sets me apart from others. I am not content with merely identifying problems; I am driven to find solutions and make a positive impact.


Model Answer 2:

Being able to do something really well or being an expert in something, whether at work or study, is certainly a good thing. I already had figured that out during my college years. But I understand its value even more now at my work as a Junior Executive of my company where I frequently get called to participate in an interview process as a “psychological evaluation expert” on the prospective job candidate. Needless to say, being a “proxy psychological expert” isn’t exactly a part of my job responsibilities.

Yes, I get to check the “mental competency” of a prospective employee by asking them different questions during an interview. This is certainly not an easy task for a Junior Accounting Executive like me who started his job only about six months ago. However, still, I somehow managed to pull it off by asking the right questions at the right moment. They are, of course, some random questions, but I seem to be able to ask the necessary complementary questions most of the time.

Of course, I also have to work so hard to get my candidate to open up to me so that he/she can feel free to talk to me about anything and everything to reveal his/her “potential” as a prospective employee of our company. It is also a difficult process since it can take a while to fully understand and appreciate the “mental competency” of a job candidate.

I accomplish the task better than others mainly because I can be utterly patient when it comes to listening to another person no matter how “inconsistent” he or she may sound. And, please trust me, listening to a prospective employee does help an interviewer to learn a great deal about him/her. In fact, I can listen to a person for hours without talking even once in response.

I also like to observe people carefully which allows me an opportunity to create a “profile” of a particular person in my mind. I also feel like I do this task a bit better than others because I did make it easy for a candidate to freely express his/her opinions on something they genuinely care about. Thus, I feel that my ability to observe a candidate carefully along with the ability to engage him/her on a personal and professional level helps me accomplish the task better than others.


Model Answer 3:

In my professional life, one of the skills I excel at is task management and organization. This involves creating comprehensive to-do lists, prioritizing tasks, and executing them within specified timeframes. I believe that my proficiency in this area significantly contributes to my effectiveness and success in the workplace. Here, I will try to give you details about it.

What it is:
As part of my job, I consistently create detailed to-do lists outlining all the tasks that need to be completed within a given period. These lists include both short-term and long-term tasks, as well as deadlines and priorities associated with each task. I ensure that every task is clearly defined, and I allocate sufficient time for its completion.

How well you do it:
I have developed a systematic approach to task management that allows me to stay organized and focused on my goals. I consistently meet deadlines and deliver high-quality work, thanks to my efficient task management skills. 

Whether it is easy or difficult:
While task management may seem straightforward to some, it can be challenging to maintain a structured approach, especially when dealing with complex projects and tight deadlines. However, I have honed my skills over time through practice and experience, making it easier for me to handle even the most demanding workload effectively.

And explain why you think you do it better than others:
I believe that I am highly organized and detail-oriented, which allows me to break down complex tasks into manageable steps and allocate resources efficiently. Secondly, I have excellent time management skills, enabling me to prioritize tasks based on their importance and urgency. Moreover, I am proactive in identifying potential obstacles or bottlenecks and taking preemptive measures to address them. Overall, my ability to effectively manage tasks and stay organized plays a crucial role in my professional success and contributes to the overall efficiency and productivity of my team and organization.

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