Google’s AI Can Help You Get Your Next Job

Google’s AI Can Help You Get Your Next Job
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When prepping for a job interview, the first place I go is Google. After all, the company’s search engine is a launchpad to learn about your potential company, workshop possible questions, and walk away feeling knowledgable and prepared. Now, Google is stepping up its interview game even further — by implementing an interviewing tool powered by artificial intelligence. Before you call your parents for interview advice, check out Google’s solution.

Anyone can use Google’s AI to practice interviewing

This piece of artificial intelligence is called “Interview Warmup,” a simple yet powerful program you can use to practice common interview questions for different professions. Google currently has six different job types to choose from, including Data Analytics, E-Commerce, IT Support, Project Management, UX Design, and General (in case the previous five job types don’t match yours). Whichever program you choose, the fundamental experience is the same: an AI-assisted interview trainer that helps you answer questions as effectively as possible.

When you first choose a profession to practice interviewing for, you’ll be greeted by a series of five common interview questions for that role. Using your voice or keyboard, you can respond to these questions as you see fit. The twist here is, when you’re done, Interview Warmup’s artificial intelligence analyses your answer, and highlights aspects of your response in three key areas: job-related terms, most-used words, and talking points.

How Google’s AI helps you strengthen your interviewing skills

For job-related terms, Interview Warmup singles-out any words you used in your response it thinks apply to the job you’re interviewing for. For example, when practicing for a “general” position, it highlighted my use of the word “focus.” You can also click the “See all terms” button to glance at the program’s dictionary of job-related terms it’s looking for. If any jump out to you as particularly pertinent to the role you’re trying to snag, commit them to memory.

Most-used words is another helpful section, which highlights any terms you frequently use. Interview Warmup emphasises repeated words aren’t necessarily a bad thing, especially if they pertain to the position; however, it’s good to take a look to see if you’re unknowingly using the same unnecessary word over and over.

Finally, we have talking points: Interview Warmup scans your answer for anything that seems to fall into either experience, skills, lessons learned, goals, or interest. In my answer, the program only spotted a sentence that applied to lessons learned, so I suppose I need to work on my talking points. For each category, you can see examples of the types of talking points you could include in your answer. For experience, you could mention previous roles or education, while for goals you could talk about what success means to you.

You can review this information at the end of each answer, and edit your responses accordingly. However, once you go through all five questions, you’ll be able to review all your responses at once, and take a look at the whole “interview“ from a zoomed out perspective. Don’t be afraid to go through the experience again, either. While the program only gives you five questions at a time, it has way more than that in the bank:

  • Data Analytics: 66 questions
  • E-Commerce: 49 questions
  • IT Support: 41 questions
  • Project Management: 42 questions
  • UX Design: 50 questions
  • General: 14 questions

Interviewing is a challenging thing: You need to summarize your experience and skills while showing how you can apply those things to new challenges in this potential role. The best thing you can do to prep for an interview is to practice, and Interview Warmup is a fantastic start. Getting used to talking about yourself or answering these types of questions out loud can go a long way toward both your abilities and confidence. If you’re in the market for a new job, or you’re curious about how you’d perform under pressure, give this app a shot.

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