I admit that I lack practice.
The last time I was interviewed for a job was definitely when America was still sane.
Yet I never really prepared myself for particular questions to be asked. I was just afraid that the first question would be, “Tell me a bit about yourself.”
Because it told me the interviewer probably hadn’t read my resume, or if he had, couldn’t remember anything about it. And didn’t care.
The Google Stretching Exercise
So when I saw that Google had released a new tool online to help you practice for job interviews, my mind was intrigued and my soul prepared to be saddened.
Google’s Interview Warmup promises to help you practice key questions, gain insight into your answers, and feel more comfortable in an interview.
Naturally, this is all achieved through a glorious AI, which only wishes it could look you intently in the eye. It is because this tool does not turn on your camera but just activates your microphone.
At least, that’s what I thought.
What I found out next is that you can actually type your answers rather than having Google listen and type them for you.
What I also discovered is that Interview Warmup lets you practice for interviews in all sorts of areas, from data analysis to e-commerce.
Why this? Please why is this?
For each job type, there are five questions.
For the data analysis, the first question was: “Can you please tell me a bit about yourself?”
Nothing has really changed? Investigators are still as lazy as they’ve always been? And is there a good way to answer this?
“Hello. I was recently released from prison, where I spent five years for constantly defaming tech leaders.”
“Just to see if you were paying attention.”
No, I wouldn’t be a good interviewee. Yet this tool – because every technology needs to be categorized – offers insight into three different areas: work-related terms, most-used words, and talking points.
Oddly enough, my answer above gave Google’s AI no chills. In fact, the tool told me that it didn’t detect any talking points.
He also told me that I didn’t use any terms related to the job. It seems that neither “technology” nor “leaders” are tied in any way to a job in data analytics.
I’ll let you analyze that while I tell you that I also practiced for an interview in e-commerce.
Question: “What do you do when you need to learn something new?”
I knew “I’m crying” wouldn’t be a good answer, so I tried to pander to Google’s AI.
I replied, “It depends on what it is. If I need to learn a new dish, I google a recipe. If I need to learn to swim, I google it” swimming instructor. And if I need to learn Serbo-Croatian, I get these wonderful new Google translate glasses.
This answer would surely inspire further conversation. The AI said no.
The more I tried, the more I couldn’t be interesting from a distance. To a robot, that is.
Creativity is not welcome here. Where is it?
I couldn’t believe it when I received this question while preparing for an e-commerce interview: “Explain the benefits of e-commerce platforms to someone who doesn’t know e-commerce at all .”
It had to be a question seeking a creative answer.
So I tried this: “Hello. How’s it going in space? Here we have this thing called e-commerce. It works on something called the internet. Why am I say that? I already know that. Anyway, we hope to send you our best e-commerce expert, Jeff Bezos, so he can show the finer points and we can be free of him here.
This, apparently, offered no discernible talking point. I was ready to crack.
Until I finally make a breakthrough. One question in my data analysis interview was, “Tell me about a time when you had to address multiple competing priorities. What did you do and what were the results?”
I replied, “There are no multiple competing priorities. So I first choose the one that will benefit me the most personally.
I was hoping this wording might confuse the AI. Instead, he praised me for, oh, setting an example.
The AI tries to be helpful. It gives you a list of keywords that you might choose to drop during an interview. There are many.
Again, it highlights words you use more than three times and tells you that’s “not necessarily a bad thing.”
That might not necessarily be a good thing either, so please, oh robot, can you be a little more helpful?
After going through quite a few questions in different job fields, I came to a single question: “Is it like being interviewed at Google?”
Indeed, this tool was specifically created to help people get Google career certificates, through which UK citizens could improve their digital abilities.
Those who are particularly nervous during interviews may appreciate being able to practice talking to a robot. This can be more incisive than practicing in a mirror or with a friend holding a glass of wine.
But it all sounds a bit like a job interview as a test. Google has certainly reinforced this impression in the past. We are so smart, so we are going to test how smart you are.
I still can’t help but wonder if the best job interviews are the unstructured ones when two people start talking to each other, find each other interesting, and find the experience extremely enjoyable.
I’m an idealist, I know.
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