ChatGPT hasn’t been around for very long, but in a relatively short time, it has made a huge impact on our lives.
And believe it or not, ChatGPT can be used to generate interview questions and advice, as long as you ask it the right prompts.
Doing so can be a great way to prepare for interviews and give yourself the best opportunity for success. This article is a comprehensive guide to using ChatGPT to prepare for a job interview, including the benefits of doing so, how to ensure ChatGPT generates the best information, and the 50 best prompts to use.
Launched in 2022 by OpenAI, ChatGPT is an artificial intelligence chatbot that has many different uses, such as editing text, supporting project managers with organizing tasks, or simply being used as a search engine. It replies to questions, or prompts, from the user with a very high degree of knowledge and relevance.
ChatGPT continues to be fine-tuned to this day and can be used in an increasingly wide variety of professional situations — for example, helping jobseekers prepare for an interview or write a cover letter. Many professionals use AI and ChatGPT every day when at work.
ChatGPT can support you in any kind of recruitment process in lots of different ways. Here are five benefits of using ChatGPT to prepare for an interview:
- It saves you time: ChatGPT gives you realistic interview advice in just a few clicks. You don’t need to schedule time with a friend or mentor, and you can use it anytime you need to.
- It’s adaptable to your needs: ChatGPT adapts itself to your specific interview needs. You can be as specific as you need to be in explaining what you require, and the program will craft meaningful responses.
- It can increase your confidence: ChatGPT offers credible, inspiring and actionable advice in a safe space where no question is a silly question, leaving you extremely well-prepared for the interview that lies ahead.
- It’s realistic: ChatGPT converses with you realistically and will challenge you or push back if it thinks your answers are not worded correctly. It can also realistically simulate interview and recruiter scripts and warn you about red flag answers.
- It’s easy to use: You don’t need to be an IT expert to use ChatGPT. It’s easy to install and register, and asking questions to get meaningful responses is straightforward and swift.
As with any AI program, what you get out of ChatGPT is only as good as what you put into it. Although ChatGPT will adapt itself to your prompts, here are some tips to skillfully obtain ChatGPT outputs that are a great fit to what you require:
1. Research the role
Before you start using ChatGPT prompts, research the role. Study the vacancy details and the job description, as well as any other information provided, such as career paths or the type of interview process. All of this is information that you can feed into ChatGPT to help it understand what you need.
2. Be specific
When using ChatGPT, don’t shy away from the details. ChatGPT can pick apart what you need and use detailed prompts to create meaningful outputs that are closely aligned to what you need. Vague prompts will confuse the program and might even result in you being given incorrect answers.
3. Provide context
When talking with ChatGPT, provide context such as whether you are a career changer, interviewing for the first time, a long-term jobseeker, having a face-to-face interview or an online meeting, and what stage of the interview it is. All of this information is considered by ChatGPT to give you the best-fitting responses.
4. Reword questions
If you feel that the answers you have received via ChatGPT are incorrect, then it might be that all you need to do is reword the question. ChatGPT isn’t perfect (yet!) and sometimes needs a little help to assist you. Also, consider asking, “Sorry, can you try again here?” for it to have another go.
5. Trust your instinct
Ultimately, there is no replacement for the human mind and instinct. If you feel that the answers given you by ChatGPT are not right, then don’t risk it by using them. Either ask the program again or use the responses as inspiration to come up with your own instead.
There is no limit to the prompts you can input into ChatGPT to get effective interview tips, as long as you are specific. Here are 50 of the best ChatGPT interview prompts to use.
Prompts for general interview guidance
- Please mock interview me for a [job title] at [company name], and ask me questions one by one, and give me feedback on each one as we go.
- Here’s my résumé: [insert résumé]. What questions do you think the interviewer might ask me based on this?
- I am interviewing for this role: [insert job title or job description]. I expect to be asked this question: [insert question]. Please give me some sample answers.
- I am interviewing for this role: [insert job description]. Please give me a list of the questions the interviewer might ask me?
- How can I discuss my career goals in an interview if the interviewer asks me about them?
- How can I reply to the hiring manager if they ask me about my experience regarding [insert skills and experiences], but I don’t have experience to share?
- What can I ask the interviewer to find out about the salary for the role or the benefits?
- Here is a list of my development areas: [insert list]. How can I talk about these positively if the interviewer asks me what my weaknesses are?
- I have been made redundant/dismissed from my previous job. How can I reply to the interviewer if they ask me my reason for leaving?
- I struggle to sell myself in an interview. Here’s my résumé: [insert résumé]. How can I showcase my greatest strengths without appearing arrogant?
Prompts for internship interviews
- I am applying for an internship at [company name]. Please provide some mock interview questions.
- Here’s the internship description at [company name]: [insert job description]. Here is my résumé: [insert résumé]. Please give me an example of a common interview question I should expect and how I can answer it.
- I am applying for an internship at [company name]. What’s a sample answer to the question “What are your expectations?”
- What are recruiters at [company name] expecting from internship interviews, and how can I fulfill these expectations?
- I am interviewing for an internship at [company name]. How can I provide a memorable answer to the question “Why do you want to intern here?”
Prompts for graduate/first job interviews
- What questions might an interviewer ask me if I have no work experience, and how can I reply?
- I am preparing for an interview for an entry-level team member position in [industry] and have no experience. Please provide some sample questions.
- Here’s my résumé: [insert résumé]. What questions might be asked of me in my first-ever job interview?
- What questions might an interviewer ask me for a graduate job at [company name], and how can I use my résumé to give the best answers? Here is my résumé: [insert résumé].
- Provide a list of the most common interview questions that are asked in graduate job interviews.
Prompts for values-based interviews
- What are the organizational values of [company name]? What questions might the interviewer ask based on these values?
- If the interviewer at [company name] asks me about my hobbies and interests away from work, can you give me tips on answering this question?
- I am applying for a [job title] position at [company name]. Provide some questions that the interviewer might ask me to see if I fit this company.
- Please find attached my résumé: [insert résumé]. If [company name] asks me about their values, how can I reply while highlighting my skills?
- I’m interviewing at [company name]. How can I demonstrate that I am a good fit for the company culture?
- What are some common interview questions an interviewer could ask at a company with the following values: [insert company values]?
Prompts for career change interviews
- I have never interviewed for this industry/job before: [insert industry or job]. Please give me examples of the kinds of questions I should expect to be asked.
- I used to work in [industry] and am applying for a role in [industry]. Provide a sample answer to the question “Why are you leaving your old job to apply here?”
- Based on my experience in [industry], what skills should I highlight when interviewing for this job? Please see attached job description: [insert job description].
- I used to work in [industry] and am interviewing for a role in [industry]. What are my transferable skills, and how can I showcase these in the interview?
- I’m interviewing for [job title] at [company name]. I have experience in [insert related experience]. How can I link that experience to this role that involves [insert job description]?
Prompts for behavioral interviews
- Provide a sample answer to the question: “Describe a situation where you faced a difficult challenge at work”.
- Provide a sample answer to the question: “Tell me about a time where you were in conflict with a colleague and how did you resolve this”.
- Provide a sample answer to the question: “Tell me about a time where you had to work in a team. What was your role and what was the outcome”.
- Provide a sample answer to the question: “Tell me about a situation that challenged your leadership skills, and how did you work through this”.
- Provide a sample answer to the question: “Describe a time when you provided exceptional client service. What did you do and what was the result”.
- Provide a list of behavioral questions that could be asked in [job title / industry] interviews.
- For the question [insert behavioral question], here is my answer: [insert answer]. Can you give feedback on it?
Prompts for technical interviews
- What are the top five technical interview questions for [industry/job] roles?
- I am interviewing at [company name]. Can you share with me the top technical interview questions they will ask?
- I am interviewing for a job that has listed these skills in the job description [insert skills as per the job description]. What questions will I be asked, and what are the best answers?
- Please provide a list of technical interview questions for the [job title] role.
- I am preparing a technical case study interview as follows: [insert case study]. What interview questions should I prepare for, and what answers might work best?
- I have been asked to answer this question in a technical case study interview. Can you give me feedback on my answer? [insert answer].
Prompts for closing the interview
- Can you give me a list of the best questions I should ask a recruiter after the interview?
- What questions should I ask the manager after the final interview for [company name]?
- Here’s my résumé: [insert résumé]. What questions can I ask the interviewer to showcase my skills?
- What are some statements I can say to the interviewer to close the meeting memorably and professionally?
- At the end of the interview, if I feel the interviewer hasn’t covered one of my key strengths, what can I say to enable me to showcase this?
- Give me an example email to send to the interviewer after the interview ends.
When used in the right way, ChatGPT is incredibly effective for interview preparation. It can help you save time and give you valuable advice that can rival some career coaches. The key to using ChatGPT effectively is to feed it specific details and information, as well as practicing with the tool if you haven’t used it before.
The 50 interview prompts we have provided to you are a great starting point when it comes to using ChatGPT for generating interview questions, but try your own using bespoke information from your application to give the program its best chance at helping you land that dream job.
Have you ever tried using ChatGPT to help you prepare for a job interview? Share your experiences with us in the comments section below.