Did you know that a couple of months ago, ChatGPT ALMOST landed a software programmer role at Amazon?
That's right - at the beginning of the year, an Amazon employee decided to test how ChatGPT would answer the company's interview questions.
Even though some of ChatGPT's answers had a "buggy" implementation, the solutions were correct. ChatGPT was even able to improve the code.
This Enhancv guide will focus precisely on that. Welcoming you to the light side of the force or using ChatGPT as a tool to prepare for your next job interview.
What you'll learn in this guide:
- How to start thinking about your job interview with ChatGPT's help;
- Prompts to help assess your answers and provide you with follow-up questions;
- Acing behavioral questions: how to talk about your soft skills more efficiently;
- Getting ready for the technical part of the interview: focusing on technologies and impact;
- Turning ChatGPT into your interview preparation coach on the go.
How to use ChatGPT to prepare for your job interview
Within this next section of our guide, we’ll provide you with some of the most useful prompts for research, practicing your interview, assessing your answers, and so much more.
ChatGPT prompts for interview preparation and research
At times, you feel the stress of that very first interview for the role as an Atlassian burden that’s weighing you down.
You start to wonder how to dress for the interview, how to explain those gaps in your work history, what questions you should be asking at the end of your interview, etc.
That's where ChatGPT comes in - it can help you answer some of those more general questions you happen to have before your interview.
Use these prompts to get prepared for your interview:
N.B. If you’d like to be more specific with this prompt, you could also specify the industry or niche you’d be working in.
You could also use ChatGPT for research about the company:
Or, alternatively, to top up your skills:
The more context you can provide to ChatGPT, the more personal the response would be.
Just remember that the platform uses all user inputs to learn - so if you’re uncomfortable with disclosing the full reason for your resume experience gaps, provide it with information that hints at this.
Don’t let recruiters get the best of you with surprise questions:
And let ChatGPT help you to avoid the awkward silence at the end of your interview:
Use the questions to not only show interest in the role but actually gather more information about the company.
ChatGPT's questions should be used as merely a compass - if you can personalize your queries, this would leave an even more lasting impression on recruiters.
Elevator pitches and ChatGPT
Every single job-related communication always starts with the same question, “Tell me about yourself.”
Your elevator pitch (elevator speech) - or the 30-second opportunity you’ve - is to introduce your experience or background to recruiters or potential employers at job fairs.
So how can you summarize your whole career to fit into the length of an elevator ride?
Use ChatGPT to inspire you with new ideas for your elevator speech.
This first prompt is more about giving you instructions on how to think about your elevator pitch.
The next prompt is a bit more detailed, crafting an elevator pitch for you.
Practice common interview questions with ChatGPT
As much as recruiters try to be creative about the interview process, there are a couple of standard-textbook questions they may ask for each role.
Wondering what these could potentially be for that dream role you’re applying for?
To make this prompt even better, you could also add the company name you’re applying for so that your prompt looks something along the lines of: “... during the interview for a [job] role at [company name]?”
Another alternative, that could really help you during the job search stage, is this:
Now that you have your questions, ChatGPT can even start helping you prepare for the interview.
Check this prompt out:
Note just how detailed the outline for each answer is:
Talking points for your interview based on…
… the job advert
Perhaps you have already applied for your dream job and now need to practice some more for the interview. You’d first want to discover specific questions based on the job description.
Alternatively, you could try to use this prompt to get a better understanding of the skills requirements and how to talk about those during the interview.
And here’s an example of how to showcase the particular skill:
… the role
Now, you may not have a particular job advert in mind, but would rather practice your interviews for a couple of companies.
Here are a couple of questions/ answers ChatGPT enlightened us with
Answering interview questions using various frameworks
During your interview, recruiters may ask you behavioral questions. We'll get into the gist of these types of questions in the next section of this guide, but for now - know that these are used to assess your character.
One of the best things you can do to impress recruiters is to provide answers by following popular frameworks. Examples of these include the STAR method and the challenge-action-result models.
- STAR framework
2. Challenge-action-result framework
Assigning different roles to ChatGPT
One of the best ways to practice for your interview is by having someone go through each and every question with you. But what if all of your acquaintances (and/or friends) are busy?
And you don’t have time to find a coach to help you prepare for the interview.
We’ll show you three different prompts that are interview practice gold.
Starting with, turning ChatGPT into your trusty, and very available, interview preparation coach.
You could also take this prompt one step further. After ChatGPT provides you with structures for your answers, you could ask it to rewrite them to include more tangible results or perhaps be more tailored to the job description.
Otherwise, you could also ask your interview coach (a.k.a. ChatGPT) to curate an interview preparation schedule, dedicated to your availability and needs.
You could also practice mock interviews, where ChatGPT takes on the role of the interviewer.
This prompt could help you have a full-blown conversation with ChatGPT - as we all know, practice makes perfect.
Assessing your answers
You already have a couple of ideas on how you’d like to answer interviewers. Do you need a second pair of eyes to grade your answers?
The best interview evaluation prompt experience
We’ve prepared for you one of our favorite ChatGPT experiences out there - one that allows you to turn your chat into a real-time experience.
Following up after the interview
You can also write your follow-up email to recruiters in ChatGPT.
Practicing behavioral interview questions with ChatGPT
Excellent recruiters know just how important behavioral questions are in assessing candidates' soft skills and character.
That's why you shouldn't be surprised if during the interview, something along the lines of, "Describe a situation in the past where you..." pops up.
Behavioral questions are open-ended, asking you about past professional experiences or hypothetical situations.
If you're still wondering how you should be highlighting your communication, leadership, and analytical problem-solving abilities, this next part of our guide is especially for you.
Let's start with three generic prompts on behavioral questions.
Behavioral questions: interview preparation
In this next segment, we’ll look at a couple of questions, based on different scenarios.
1. Based on the job/ industry
So you have your interview scheduled in two days' time and need help preparing asap for the behavioral part of the interview.
You could also ask ChatGPT to generate the most common behavioral questions for the particular industry or role.
2. Referencing your resume
If you have a common behavioral question for the role and your resume - ready to go - you could input this information into ChatGPT to practice.
Remember to include a specific soft skill from your experience you’d like ChatGPT to highlight within the generated response. If you’re not happy with the end result, you could always regenerate ChatGPT’s answer.
3. Based on your soft skills
The soft skills that are highlighted within the job requirements would definitely make their way through the job interview. Here’s how you could practice talking about your soft skills.
Or, perhaps you’d like to act vice versa- using your resume skills as a reference to what potential questions you could get during the interview.
4. Describing a particular scenario
Behavioral questions often ask you to think back on a situation where you’ve had to deal with a difficult circumstance.
The more background information you can provide ChatGPT with (without breaching any NDAs you’ve had with your previous employers), the more precise the chatbot's answer will be.
5. Referencing your career goals
Pinpointing your end goal and dreams during the behavioral segment of the interview can sometimes highlight to recruiters what your potential is.
6. Don’t forget about your achievements
Recruiters do care about the outcomes of your work, especially during behavioral questions. Here’s how you could include your career highlights when answering their questions.
7. Assessing your behavioral interview answers
Once again, you could use ChatGPT’s potential to test just how well you are prepared for this section of your interview.
Here’s what ChatGPT had to say about it:
8. Follow-up behavioral questions
And if you want to continue your real-time talk with ChatGPT, here’s a prompt you could use:
Technical interview questions and ChatGPT
From programming languages to tech stacks, discover the best ways to show recruiters your knowledge of specific technologies.
Preparing for your technical interview could be made even simpler with ChatGPT.
9. Prompts based on the role you’re applying for
10. Skill-based prompt
11. Tech-specific questions
Within the second parentheses include the level of difficulty of the question (beginners, intermediate, expert), followed by the industry or job role.
ChatGPT's limitations for your job interview preparation
Now that we’ve inspired you with a couple of practical ideas on how to use ChatGPT to prepare for your job interview, you may ask yourself, “Hey, what can’t ChatGPT do?”
AI is yet far away from actually substituting human interaction (hopefully). And while it could be integrated within your interview preparation, ChatGPT can’t:
- Provide up-to-date research on the company, market, competitors, etc.;
- Stay up-to-speed with the latest technological updates;
- Judge your tone, body language, or facial expressions;
- Assess whether you'd be a good fit for the team or company you’re applying for;
- Make its answers sound more human - yet.
In the end, if you meet all the job advert requirements, it’s your persona and character that would really make the difference for recruiters.
So, after you’ve had a few practice rounds for your job interview with ChatGPT, do a few test runs with family, friends, and colleagues
The more confident you become in presenting your resume - and talking about yourself - the better you’d do during the job interview.
- Use ChatGPT to prepare for various aspects prior to your interview: from logistics and research to practicing questions and grading your responses.
- ChatGPT could be used to help you prepare answers to both behavioral and technical questions by assessing your resume and skills.
- When providing answers to interview questions, do focus on the outcomes of your action - and if you can integrate a popular framework (e.g. STAR), you’d leave a lasting impression on recruiters.
- Find what works best for you with ChatGPT - if you’re not happy with any of the answers it provides you with, you always have the opportunity to regenerate its responses.
- This chatbot is a good place to start practicing for your interview, but build your confidence even further by discussing your resume and experience with friends, acquaintances, or industry professionals. Remember that practice makes perfect.