6. Describe a time when you were late
– When it was
– why you were late
– how you felt about being late
I remember a time when I was late for my first job as a teacher. It was during the initial days of my job and I was still getting used to the new routine. I had an early morning lecture scheduled and I woke up a little later than usual that day. To make matters worse, there was some unexpected traffic on the road which slowed me down even further. I remember looking at my watch and realizing that I was already 5 minutes late.
I felt extremely nervous and anxious as I was rushing to reach the classroom. As a teacher, I knew that I was a role model to my students and being late was not setting a good example. I was worried that my students would think that I was unreliable and that my tardiness would affect their learning. I also felt embarrassed that I had not managed my time better and had allowed myself to get late.
When I finally reached the classroom, I apologized to my students for being late and explained the reasons for my delay. Fortunately, my students were understanding and did not seem to mind the delay. They were more interested in the lesson and were eager to start learning.
Overall, being late for that lecture was a learning experience for me. It taught me the importance of being punctual as well as managing my time effectively. It also helped me understand that mistakes happen and that it’s important to be honest and transparent about them. From that day onwards, I made sure to set my alarm earlier and plan my commute to avoid being late again.
Speaking part 3(follow up questions)
1. Are you ever late for anything?/ Are you a punctual person?
– Yes, I have been late for various events before. However, I do try to be a punctual person and value other people’s time. Being late can create a negative impression and inconvenience for others. That’s why I try to manage my time effectively and arrive at the destination on time. However, there are certain situations where despite my efforts; I end up being late, such as traffic or other unforeseen circumstances. In such cases, I try to inform the person concerned as soon as possible and apologize for the delay.
2. What excuses do you use when you are late?
– I believe honesty is the best policy when it comes to being late. If I’m running late, I usually try to inform the person waiting for me and apologize for any inconvenience caused.
3. Why are people often late for appointments or meeting?
– There can be various reasons why people are late, such as traffic, unexpected events, poor time management skills, or simply underestimating the time needed to get ready and arrive at the destination.
4. Do you think people are born with time management skills or they can be taught?
– While some people may have a natural inclination towards time management, it is a skill that can definitely be taught and improved upon. Time management is a set of practices and habits that can be learned through practice and discipline.
5. How would you teach your children time management?
– If I were to teach my children time management, I would first model good habits myself, such as setting goals, prioritizing tasks, and sticking to schedules. I would also encourage them to break down larger tasks into smaller, more manageable ones, use visual aids such as calendars and to-do lists, and give themselves enough time to complete tasks without rushing.
6. Do old people and young people manage time in a similar way?
– Generally, young people may have a tendency to procrastinate or prioritize fun activities over responsibilities, while older people may have more experience managing their time and responsibilities. However, this can vary greatly between individuals and their personal circumstances.