IELTS interview is different from a job interview. Be sure to showcase your English ability, not your job qualification.

Are job interviews the same as IELTS interviews? The answer is, in some ways they are and in others they are not.

How are they the same?

In a job interview and an IELTS interview you are asked questions and based on your answers you are judged by another person. In both you are trying to create a good impression.

How are they different?

In a job interview you are trying to showcase your experience, your qualifications and your skills and expertise that are relevant for the job you are applying for. In contrast, in an IELTS interview you are only showcasing your level of spoken English and it is this that the examiner will judge you on.

In an IELTS interview you do not need to sell yourself in terms of your job qualifications or experience, you simply need to demonstrate to the examiner your competence in English. Unfortunately in our video clip, Joao does not understand this and concentrates on selling himself more than selling his English ability.


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Hell everyone,

My name is Chris from Thailand...of course, my native language is Thai. I had taken IELTS 3 times before I went to study my graduate degree. My speaking band was going up each time from 6.5, 7.0 and 7.5. I must agree mostly with the idea that "IELTS interview is different from a job interview." as I did not over-analyze the question but I was more investing on how to develop the idea and deliver my speech with the variety of grammar structures that I have known. Even the simple question, such as How are you today? or Where is my hometown? I answered those questions more properly with the extended explanation that contain some academic English structure. I did not use all tenses of English language in this world but yes, I used both forms of active and passive. I was asked about pollution ....which I had no knowledge to talk in-depth. I was aware all the time that this exam is testing my English, not the scientific skills. I just answered with

Thank's for sharing your experiences :)

does the accent of the interviewee affects the result of an IELTS interview/

Hello Belle,

The clarify of the interviewee's pronunciation is a part of the assessment but no distinction is made between different dialects of English. It does not matter if a learner has been taught by an Irish, Australian, English or other teacher provided their pronunciation is clear.

You can read more about the speaking part of the test on the British Council's site for IELTS candidates, TakeIELTS.


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in Frequently asked questions there was many spelling mistake

Hello mutasim.91,

The page was checked, but we will check it again. If you could tell us about any specific mistakes here, however, we would be very grateful.

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The LearnEnglish Team

This is Sidharth from India. May I have a suggestion how to improve my vocabulary and pronunciation?

Thanks and Regards

Hello Siddharth,

I'd suggest you read through our Frequently asked questions page, where you'll find lots of useful advice, including some on how to improve your vocabulary, and, inside the advice on improving your speaking, ideas on how to improve your pronunciation.

You can also use a good dictionary (e.g. the Cambridge Dictionary) to hear how words are pronounced in isolation. Just click or press on the small icon next to the words to hear them. But it's also a good idea to use one our audio or video resources (e.g. Elementary Podcasts) to hear people speaking. You can read the transcript and imitate their pronunciation, which will help you learn intonation and lots of vocabulary as well!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team