IELTS Speaking Task Cue Card: Describe a time when you arrived very early for an interview

IELTS Speaking Task Cue Card:

Describe a time when you arrived very early for an interview.

  • What was the occasion?
  • Where did it take place?
  • What did you experience?
Sample Answer

Punctuality is a very prominent character trait and is very necessary for making a lasting impression. I always try my best to reach everywhere on the notified time. This gives an advantage in every situation as I have made a habit of being punctual. I’ll talk about an incident wherein I had an appointment for a job interview.  I was very nervous and in that state of mind I ended up reaching an hour before the interview time.

Even though I was early, I went in and gave my resume to the receptionist. I was shown into the waiting hall and the interviewer came in. She seemed to be a polite lady and asked me the reason behind my early arrival. I was embarrassed and made an awkward excuse along with an apology. She accepted and advised me to wait until the designated time.

I patiently sat until the interview time and spoke to the existing employees who came by. They gave me more details about the processes and the company profile. I became more aware and these details helped me to prepare for the interview in a better manner.

I finally rethought my line of answers and confidently gave the interview. I was cleared for the position and then I asked the interviewer about other important issues such as the salary and leaves. The lady praised my foresight and attentiveness and cleared all my doubts. Even though arriving for the interview before time was unintended but it turned out to be a beneficial experience for me at the end of the day.

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