Being interviewed is probably one of the most pressing parts of getting the job you really want. If you are a beginner in a particular field or have decided to try another profession, realizing that you will be faced with unfamiliar questions can spoil you. However, even the simplest questions when you’re already in a real interview can make you stutter when you’re unprepared. To remedy, Google launched a new Warmup website, as part of the company’s Grow with Google and Career Certificates initiatives. It’s already available in Google Chrome for Mac, Windows, Android, and Safari on iOS.
The purpose of the website is quite simple. You will be presented with interview questions, you will answer them and you will get ideas. This way, interview-minded people could have the opportunity to find out how they answer interview questions and see if there are areas they can improve before embarking on a real interview session.
Users will enter their answers to the questions by delivering them verbally. It uses artificial intelligence to transcribe your responses in real time, although its capability focuses more on the context of your responses and not your delivery (eg sound, intonation, pauses, etc.). According to the company, the website is specifically for Google Career Certificates, but it’s still “available to everyone and contains general questions applicable to many fields.”
The Interview Warmup website says its questions can apply to a wide variety of professions and fields, such as data analytics, e-commerce, IT support, project management, UX design, and general. .
The questions that will be asked will be divided into different categories, such as substantive, situational and technical questions. They will be presented to you one by one. You need to click the Reply button to provide your entry (which will be transcribed automatically for you), then you can choose to move on to the next one or repeat it.
The answers will then be presented to you. Google states that none of the answers will be graded to help you “build your confidence in a non-judgmental zone.” They will come with information divided into three types: most used words, job-related terms, and talking points. The first will check if there are any redundancies in the sentences you provided to give you the opportunity to find other alternative words to use. (There will be suggestions!). The second, meanwhile, will highlight terms related to the job you’re applying for to help you be more aware if you’re using enough words to make your answers reliable. Talking Points is much more complicated but rich in information. The category gives “suggested talking points to answer substantive questions” and is broken down into five additional sub-categories: Experience, Skills, Lesson Learned, Goals, and Interests. They should help you know if you checked the boxes when answering a particular question.
Said information and ideas will be provided after the questions. “Try to think about what you said from an interviewer’s perspective,” the prompt reads. “Identify what you would like to improve, then practice again.”
Users can copy transcribed responses and even save responses through a particular button in the prompt message. Google, on the other hand, has pointed out that it does not record audio or data from the website in respect of the user’s privacy.
Interview Warmup isn’t the only website produced by a company like Google aimed at helping individuals find jobs. Microsoft also recently led 50 other companies to create the Neurodiversity Career Connector, a site with job postings from different employers in the United States. The place is specially designed for employers looking for workers with neurodivergent diseases. Companies belonging to the group are known to have their own neurodiversity hiring programs and support systems for these people.