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Describe a time when you needed to search for information

The article suggests a sample for the topic “Describe a time when you are needed to search for information” along with frequently asked questions and instructions on how to answer this topic.

Describe a time when you needed to search for information

You should say:

  • What information you needed to search for
  • When you searched for it
  • Where you searched for it
  • And explain why you needed to search for it.

Sample Answer

I search for information constantly, and so this topic was quite hard for me to decide on any specific point to describe. But what I settled on was actually from just this last weekend. I absolutely love Google Maps. It is extremely useful and I use it multiple times a week, really any time that I am going somewhere that I am not totally familiar with. 

In this particular instance I was going to the office of a business that I am very seriously considering taking an internship with. I knew the general area of where the offices were located, and so I made it as close as I could until I knew that I would need further direction. I then pulled off to the side of the road and consulted Google Maps. My city is famous for its innumerable tiny alleyways. It just so happened that the quickest route to my destination was to cut straight through the urban block beside my via one of these alleyways. It was very small but full of interesting business and restaurants. So many smells that almost made me stop, despite my appointment. 

So this is when I needed information and it gave me far more information than was initially intended, and I have many restaurants to add to my list of places I want to eat.

Follow Questions Part 3

1. How can people search for information now?

There are probably thousands of search engines out there, be it through a website or just through the browser on one’s phone or computer. Though at the end of the day, there is no question that in terms of searching for information Google is the dominant power. They handle the majority of the world’s searches, and that is even considering that they are blocked in China, with a fifth of the world’s population.

2. What information can people get from television?

Though watching cable television is far less common nowadays than it has been previously, there can still be a lot of important information taken from it. For instance, during any type of time of emergency, such as we recently experienced with the COVID-19 pandemic, the TV can give us a direct and immediate information update of those in positions of power and authority regarding developments in the situation.

3. With the development of the internet, are libraries still important? 

I think that they are, but I think that why they are important now is very different from their original source of importance. I think now that the biggest advantage of libraries is a calm and quiet place where study can be done, and contact can be made. Not everyone lives in a place where it is conducive to doing homework, so libraries should be a place where anyone can come to study anything at any time, free of charge.

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