The interview test is over!
It was first come first serve. I got there 20 minutes early and was the 2nd examinee in line. I checked in, turned off my smartphone, put it in a bag provided by the staff, and hung it around my neck. I guess to prohibit recording. I have never hung my phone from my neck, so it felt heavy and it was very annoying.
The examiner was a Japanese woman who looked to be in her 50’s. When I notice my examiner was a woman, I become more nervous. I’m not good with female teachers. she said “How are you?” with a smile, she didn’t put pressure on me. I said, “I’m good. How are you?” She looked surprised, but said, “Thank you for asking.”
After that, usually, there is chit chat for about 1 minute before the test. But she didn’t. I thought I could have decreased my nervousness with chit chat. But her English was easy to understand.
Anyway, I was more nervous than I thought I would be. My hands were shaking when the examiner handed over the card to me. So, although I don’t remember the questions correctly, I’m writing by tracing my memory. First, this is a sample card.
Interview test evaluation
Personal interview: 7-8 minutes
Interviewers: 1 person
Evaluated on: response content, pronunciation, words, grammar, diction, information volume, motivation and attitude to actively communicate.
The high total score 33 points.
Q1. Reading comprehension of the story (5)
Q2. Making a story using an illustration (10)
Q3. Give an opinion using agree or disagree (5)
Q4. Give an opinion using Yes or No, also need a reason (5)
Q1. Reading comprehension
I asked the examiner, “Would you say that again?” to give me time to think. But I didn’t find the perfect answer from the paragraph. So I answered with a short sentence by intuition. But, it collapsed grammatically. 😱
The examiner looked like she wanted to say “That’s it?” I thought I failed. But I pulled myself together, and we went on to Q2.
Q2. Looking at three pictures and describing the situation
I think I did my best. My speaking wasn’t smooth and sometimes I couldn’t put my thoughts into words, though. I think I made a few grammatical mistakes.
Q3 & Q4. Telling my opinion, agree or disagree with an explanation.
Q3 was no trouble, I might have answered a bit redundantly, however. But Q4 confused me. This is Q4, but I didn’t remember correctly. It was maybe…
Q4. Recently, TV programs show some people’s private lives. Do you think TV programs should not stop showing private life or something?
My answer: Yes. Because they have a private life. It should be protected. And we don’t need to know their private life. TV programs should not show their private life or something…
I answered using English, but I knew it was repetitive. In this question, I asked, “Would you say that again?” before I answered. And the examiner repeated the same question plus used body language making her arms like an “X” at “should not”. After the test, I thought my opinion might be the No side. I’m still super confused.
Actually, I’m still struggling with this type of question. I often make a mistake Yes or No. It is because of Japanese language. In Japanese, we answer depending on whether the question is the positive sentence or negative.
I remember, when I got off a cruise ship, the custom officer said, “Don’t you have any drugs?” or something. And I didn’t have any illegal things, so I said, ”Yes!” with a smile. 😀 Then the custom officer stared at me with a grim face. 😱
But luckily, a Japanese crew member who was next to me quickly helped me with the situation. 😅
Anyway, I evaluated myself. According to word of mouth on the internet, the lowest score that can be received is 1 when the examinee can’t say anything in English. And when the examinee answers with some English, even if the answer is wrong, then they get at least 2 points. Regarding attitude, the examiner checks for a positive attempt to answer and communicate in English, even if sentence construction is not perfect.
Q1. 2 or 3?
Q2. 7 or 8?
Q3. 3 or 4?
Attitude: 3? Total = 22~25?
I guess over 20 or a little bit more(23?) is borderline. I think I’m on the line. 😟 I will know my result after 2 weeks. I hope I pass. 🤞
New (Not corrected):
Nervous Nellie = a person characterized by worry, insecurity and timidity