Your work questions

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  • Do you work or study?

General

  • What work/job do you do?
  • Why did you choose this job / that kind of work? (or that job)
  • Did you want to do that kind of work when you were very young?
  • (Similar to above) Have you always wanted to do this type of work?
  • How did you get this job?
  • Do you work full-time or part-time? (Why?)
  • Is your job (your work) very important to you? (Why?/Why not?)
  • Have you always wanted to be a _____ (your job)?
  • Is the salary of a job (or, the salary of your present job) very important to you?
  • Does your job pay well?

Popularity

  • Is that a popular choice of career in your country?
  • (Similar to above) Is your job a popular choice in your country? (Why?)

Job details

  • What does your company do?
  • What do you mainly do at work?
  • (Similar to above) Can you give me a brief description of your work (your job)?
  • (Similar to above) What are your main responsibilities at work?
  • (Similar to above) What do you do in a typical day at work?
  • (Similar to above) Tell me about your typical daily routine at work.
  • What are your (main) responsibilities at work?
  • (Similar to above) What are your (main) tasks at work? 
  • What are the main skills needed for your work?
  • What qualifications do you need for that work?
  • Do you think what you studied (in university/college or high school) was useful for your work?
  • (Similar to above) Is your job related to what you studied in university?

Time questions

  • How long have you been working?
  • How long have you been doing this job?
  • What have you been doing at work in the past year?

Your feelings about your job

  • What’s your job like?
  • How do you feel about your job (or your work)?
  • (Similar to above) Do you like/enjoy your job? (Why? /Why not?) = ‘How do you like your job?’
  • What’s your job like?
  • Do you like (or, enjoy) your job (or your work)?
  • What do you like about your work?
  • Would you say it’s a good job?
  • What benefits do you get from from your job (or, this job)?
  • Would you recommend this job (or, this kind of work) to your friends (or to others)?
  • What part of your work do you like best?
  • (Similar to above) What’s the best thing about your job?
  • Is there anything you don’t like about your job?
  • Do you think your job is good for (or suitable for) a woman?
  • Do you prefer working to being a student? (Why?/Why not?)
  • (Similar to above) Which do you enjoy more, working or studying?
  • (Similar to above) Do you prefer your life now, as a working person, to the life you had as a student?
  • Do you think it’s very important for people to do a job that they like?
  • Do you feel comfortable in your job?

Importance

  • Is your job (or, your work) very important to you?
  • Do you think your work (or, job) is important?
  • What would you say is the most important part of your job?
  • Do you think your work will be more important in the future?

Interest

  • Would you say it’s an interesting job? (Why?)
  • (Similar to above) Are you very interested in your job? (How? or Why?/Why not?)
  • (Similar to above) Is your work interesting? (How?/Why not?)
  • Do you work more for interest (job satisfaction) or for the money?
  • What’s the most interesting part of your work?
  • Do you think it’s very important for people to do a job that they like find interesting?
  • Do you meet many interesting people in your work? Or: Are there many interesting people at your workplace?

Difficulties at work

  • Would you say it’s an easy job?
  • (Similar to above) Is your work very easy to do?
  • (Similar to above) Is your work very challenging (or difficult)?
  • (Similar to above) Do you think your work is very demanding? (Why?/Why not?)
  • What do you do when you have a problem (or difficulty) with your work?
  • What’s the most difficult part of your job?
  • (Similar to above) What is the biggest problem you have at work?
  • (Similar to above) What’s the greatest difficulty you’ve had at work (or in your job)?
  • How did you solve this problem?
  • Do you think that you are overloaded with work?

Changing jobs

  • Would you like to change your job?
  • (Similar to above) Are you planning to change your job?
  • (Similar to above) Are you planning to change your job in the near future? (Why?/Why not?)
  • What would influence you to change your job?
  • If you had the opportunity to change your job, what would you choose to do?
  • (Similar to above) Would you like to continue working in this company for a long time?
  • Do you think you will continue to do this type of work (or this job)?
  • What are your future work plans?
  • What job (or work) would you like to do (in the future)?
  • (Similar to above) What would be the ideal job for you?
  • (Similar to above) What other job do you think you would enjoy, apart from your present job?
  • (Similar to above) If you had a choice, what would be your ideal job?
  • (Similar to above) If you had to change your career, what other job would you chose?
  • In the future, what changes do you think will take place in your industry?
  • (Similar to above) What possible changes in the future might affect your job (or, your work)?
  • (Possibly the question above is) In the future, what changes do you think will take place in the typical workplace?
  • (Similar to above) Do you intend to (or want to) continue doing this kind of work (or this job)?  
  • (Similar to above) If you had the chance, would you (like to) change your job?

Help with work

  • Is there anyone who helps you with your work?
  • How do you and your work colleagues help each other at work? (Or: Do you and your colleagues help each other at work? How?) (Or: Who gives you the most help at work?)

Working conditions

  • Do you think people today have a bigger work load (or, more work pressure) than people did several decades ago?
  • Do you think there should be a minimum and a maximum working age for people?

Work tools/equipment

  • Do you use any equipment in your work?
  • What tools or equipment do you use in your work? (Include information about how useful it is/they are.)
  • Is it/are they very helpful to you?
  • (Similar to above) Would you say it’s/they’re very useful?
  • (Similar to above) How useful would you say it is/they are?
  • Do you use computers in your work?
  • What do you use them for?

Your work and your colleagues

  • Do you like the people you work with?
  • Do you often get together with your colleagues (workmates) after work? (What do you do?)
  • (Similar to above) Do you do anything with your colleagues after work?
  • Which is more important to you, the people you work with or the work itself

Holidays

  • What holidays from work do you have during the year?

Work goals / the future

  • Do you have any particular work goals?
  • (Similar to above) What are your work plans for the future?
  • Do you plan to continue doing that work in the future? (or that type of work / or that job)
  • (Similar to above) Would you like to continue doing that work in the future? (or that type of work / or that job)
  • (Possibly the question above is this) Would you prefer to continue doing the same job, or would you prefer to change your job?  
  • What job (or work) would you like to do (in the future)?

The future of your industry

  • In the future, what changes do you think will take place in your industry?
  • Do you see any changes in your job in the future?
  • (Similar to above) Do you think there will be future changes in your field of work?
  • (Similar to above) Do you think your way of working or work culture will change in future?
  • (Similar to above) Do you think your work pattern will change in the future? (Why?)
  • Do you think your job will still be relevant in the future?

Sitting for the IELTS Test

  • Why did you decide to sit for the IELTS test?
  • (Similar to above) Why are you taking the IELTS test?
  • Which country are you preparing to go to?
  • Why did you choose that country?

Working with others and co-operation

  • Do you have to talk to a lot of people at work?
  • Do you need to work with (= co-operate with) other people at work? (teamwork question)
  • (Similar to above) Do you prefer working alone or with others (or in a group)? (Why?) 
  • What do you do with your colleagues (workmates)? 
  • Do you like working with them?
  • How (well) do you get along with your colleagues?
  • Have you made any friends at work?
  • Which do you think is more important, the work you are doing or the people you work with?
  • (Different to above) Which do you enjoy more, the work you are doing or people you work with?
  • Do you feel your co-workers (or colleagues) have confidence in you?

The preparation you had for this job/ qualification needed

  • Do you think your (school or) university education prepared you well for the work you are doing now?
  • What qualifications do you need for that work?

Training 

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  • What kind of training is necessary for you to do your job?
  • Did you have to do any kind of training in order to do your current work?
  • Have you received any (“on-the-job”) training at work?
  • Do you have to do any training for your work?
  • How often do you receive this training?
  • Do you think training (or, this training) at work is important?
  • Would you like to receive more training in the future? (This question possibly asked if you say “Yes” to the first question.)
  • Would you like to receive some training?  (This question possibly asked if you say “No” to the first question.)
  • Do you think you will you receive any (“on-the-job”) training in the future?  
  • What kinds of future training do you think you will need in the future?

Finding work

  • Is it easy to find that kind of job? (For  people in general)
  • Was it easy to get that job? (Your experience in getting your job)
  • How did you get that job?
  • Is it easy to get a job where you work? (For  people in general)
  • (Similar to above) Is it easy (for other people in your country) to find work doing your job?
  • In your country, generally speaking, is it easy for people to find a job?
  • Where do people get information about jobs, from newspaper or from TV?
  • Are there other ways for people to get information about jobs?
  • What jobs are most popular (among young people) in your country?

Your first day at work

  • Do you remember your first day at work?
  • What did you do on your first day at work?
  • Did you like your first day at work?
  • (Similar to above) How did you feel on your first day at work? 
  • Do you think the first day at work is important?
  • (Similar to above) Do you think orientation is important on the first day at work?
  • How important do you think it is for people to have an enjoyable first day at a new job?
  • (Similar to above) Do you think a person’s first impressions of a new job are important?

Previous expectations

  • Is your work the same as what you imagined it would be before you started this job?  
  • (Similar to above) Is your work the same as what you imagined it would be when you chose this type of job?

Mornings or afternoons

  • Do you prefer to work in the mornings or in the afternoons?
  • (Similar to above) When do you think you work more efficiently, in the mornings or in the afternoons?
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