Even if you are asked what seems like a yes–no question, you are expected to say more.

The IELTS interview gives you roughly 10 to 15 minutes of time to display your English speaking skills to the examiner. If you give one-word or very short answers to questions you are not giving the examiner much with which to assess you.

Even if you are asked what seems like a yes–no question you are expected to say more than a simple “yes" or “no”. You should try to develop what you say by, for example, giving reasons, opinions or describing something in more detail.

In the video clip Joao is asked to tell the examiner something he likes about his job. He answers by saying “the people”, which shows that he has understood the question, but it doesn’t show off any of his English skills. What he needs to do, which eventually he does with some prompting from the examiner, is to develop his answer and describe in more detail why he likes the people he works with.

A good tip for candidates is to look for signals from the examiner. Often you can see from the examiner’s facial expression or manner if you have said enough or not.


i tried not to laugh but it did a lot haha. The examiner has a such powerful eyes.

I tried not to laugh but it's a funny video yet very helpful.

examiner's eyes was so affectionate

i have realised that this is one big area where i flop in interviews....i have no confidence in myself..i am afraid of speaking in english...and yet it is only through speaking that i can get to sell my skills, knowledge and get myself a better job

Hilarious video! Which demonstrates clearly that our answer should not be in yes or no. Rather we should support our answer with reasons and our personal opinions.

Thank you for the tip. To develop what we are saying. Not a "yes -No answer" or a short one. But explain deeply.

Eye to eye the more exactly, sing of rihanna. This is not interview. Hahaha

Haha so funny.

Lol so funny video, i think that you should demonstrate a lot of thing that show the examiner ur knowledge of English language by speaking enough about the subject

It was so funny video. hihihi