When you're called for a job interview, it means you've done your job with your resume and your cover letter correctly. You have shown that your skills and professional experience match the company's needs in an employee. Well done.
But now the questions arise: How do you prepare for a job interview? What questions will you be asked? What if you can't answer?
We all know the feeling. The nervousness. The butterflies in the stomach. It's almost like taking an exam. And just like for an exam, preparation, preparation, and more preparation is the best way to alleviate some of those nervous feelings. And fortunately, there is plenty of help available, especially from AI - artificial intelligence - such as ChatGPT.
With ChatGPT, you can get assistance in optimizing your resume, creating a good cover letter, and, as this article will show, also preparing for a job interview. Because the thing is, it's important that you show up well-prepared for your job interview. Otherwise, you won't get the job. It's as simple as that.
What is ChatGPT?
ChatGPT is a chatbot powered by artificial intelligence, AI. The letters GPT stand for "Generative Pre-trained Transformer," which means the chatbot is trained to understand and express itself in human language. All you have to do is provide a relevant prompt to the bot, and it responds to you in the same context. The more specific your prompt is, the better the outcome.
How do I get started using ChatGPT?
Getting started with ChatGPT is easy:
- Go to https://chat.openai.com/
- Click on the "Sign up" button.
- Enter your email address and create a password.
- Follow the instructions to complete your account.
Once you've done this, you're ready to start using ChatGPT to prepare for a job interview.
There are several ways ChatGPT can help with interview preparation. In this article, we will cover the following:
- How ChatGPT can assist with typical interview questions.
- How ChatGPT can help answer interview questions.
- How ChatGPT can help practice job interviews.
- How ChatGPT can provide feedback on job interviews.
Great, let's get started.
Ask ChatGPT for a list of typical interview questions
Just like all companies, industries, and positions are different, all job interviews are also different. It's therefore difficult to create a list of typical interview questions if you don't know the specifics. This is where artificial intelligence truly shines. ChatGPT and other AIs can generate a list of typical questions based on both the industry and the position. This way, you have the opportunity to prepare for questions specific to the position you're interviewing for.
- Open a new chat in ChatGPT.
- Write in the chat: "Create a list of the 10 most typical interview questions for an/a [job title]."
The bot will then generate a list of questions you can use to prepare for your job interview.
If you feel that 10 questions are not enough, you can easily adjust the number of questions you want. Remember, you can always ask ChatGPT to regenerate the answer, giving you more variations to choose from.
I asked ChatGPT to create a list of 10 typical questions that could be asked during a job interview for a Sales Associate position. Here is the result:
- Can you tell us about your previous experience in sales and customer service?
- How do you approach building relationships with potential customers?
- What strategies do you use to meet and exceed sales targets?
- Can you share an example of a challenging sales situation you faced and how you overcame it?
- How do you handle objections from customers during a sales pitch?
- What techniques do you use to identify customer needs and offer appropriate solutions?
- Describe a time when you provided exceptional customer service. How did you go above and beyond to satisfy a customer's needs?
- How do you stay motivated and maintain a positive attitude in a sales-driven environment?
- How do you manage your time and prioritize tasks when handling multiple customers or projects simultaneously?
- What do you think are the key qualities and skills required to be a successful sales associate?
Remember to ask for behavioral questions
The above questions are relatively simple and easy to prepare for. Therefore, it is important to also prepare for some slightly more complex questions, such as those relating to behavior and competencies.
Here, I entered the following prompt into ChatGPT:
"Create a list of 10 typical behavioral questions that can be asked during a job interview for a Sales Associate position."
The result was:
- Tell me about a time when you had to persuade a hesitant customer to make a purchase. How did you approach the situation, and what was the outcome?
- Can you describe a time when you had to handle a difficult customer? How did you manage the situation and ensure a positive outcome?
- Give me an example of a time when you went above and beyond to meet a customer's needs or expectations. What actions did you take, and what was the result?
- Describe a situation where you had to work as part of a team to achieve a sales target. How did you contribute to the team's success?
- Tell me about a time when you had to adapt your sales approach to a different type of customer or industry. How did you customize your approach, and what was the outcome?
- Give me an example of a time when you successfully upsold or cross-sold a product to a customer. How did you identify the opportunity, and what techniques did you use to close the sale?
- Describe a situation when you had to handle multiple priorities or tasks simultaneously. How did you prioritize your work, and how did you ensure nothing fell through the cracks?
- Tell me about a time when you had to deal with rejection or faced a sales-related setback. How did you handle it emotionally, and what steps did you take to bounce back and continue performing?
- Describe a situation where you identified a customer's problem or pain point and presented a solution that resulted in a successful sale. What was the process you followed, and what made your solution effective?
- Give me an example of a time when you had to meet a tight deadline to close a sale or complete a sales-related project. How did you manage your time and resources to ensure timely completion?
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Ask ChatGPT to help you answer the questions
Now you have a long list of potential questions you may be asked during a job interview, but you don't have to stop there. If you find it challenging to start preparing your answers to the questions, ChatGPT can also assist you with that.
- Open a new chat in ChatGPT.
- Write in the chat: "I would like help in answering some typical questions for a job interview as a [job title]. I will give you one question at a time. Your task is to help me with the best possible answer. The first question is: [question]"
- Repeat for all the questions
When you prepare in this way, you become skilled at reflecting on your own abilities and competencies. Also, remember to include specific examples from your previous experiences that demonstrate how you have applied these skills and qualities in practice.
Ask ChatGPT to practice job interviews with you
Now that you have prepared for some of the questions you can expect in a job interview, it is appropriate to practice them as well. In addition to always practicing saying your prepared answers out loud, it is also beneficial to go through a practice scenario where you train yourself to become proficient in attending job interviews. ChatGPT and AI can also assist you with that.
Here's how you do it:
- Open a new chat in ChatPT.
- Write this prompt: "Act as an interviewer for a job interview. I am the candidate being interviewed, and you ask me the questions for the [job title] position. I would like you to respond only as an interviewer. Do not write the entire conversation at once. I would like you to conduct the job interview with me. Ask me the questions and wait for my answers. Do not provide explanations. Ask me the questions one at a time, as an interviewer would, and wait for my answers. Feel free to ask follow-up questions if, as the interviewer, you believe I should elaborate on my answers. My first sentence is 'Hello.'"
- Respond to the questions posed by ChatGPT.
Ask ChatGPT for feedback on your job interview
Once you have gone through the practice scenario for your job interview, you can ask ChatGPT to provide feedback on your answers. Review the conversation you had to identify any specific areas where you would like feedback. You can also simply ask ChatGPT to evaluate the entire conversation.
Here's how you do it:
- Stay in the same chat in ChatGPT
- Enter the prompt: "Can you give me feedback on my answers in the job interview? Are there areas where I can improve?"
Use ChatGPT for other parts of your job search
Preparing for a job interview is not the only way ChatGPT and AI can assist you with your job search. You can also effectively use AI to help write a resume or a cover letter. Just remember that you should always be able to stand by what it writes about you.
With AI technology, there are almost no limits to how you can make the most out of it.
A resume is a prerequisite for progressing in your job search and getting invited to job interviews. Are you ready to take your job search to the next level?