Google has officially released the Interview Warmup, a tool that lets job candidates practise potential interview questions to feel confident and at ease during this hiring process.
The technology, unveiled at the second Google for Africa Event in October 2022, was created to assist learners enrolling in Google Career Certificate courses to improve their readiness for upcoming job interviews. Nevertheless, anyone can use this programme.
Speaking on the importance of this tool in the African job-seeking market, Mojolaoluwa Aderemi-Makinde, head of Brand and Reputation at Google Africa, said,
We are excited about Interview Warmup because it shows how new technologies have the potential to help young people in Africa hone the skills needed to grow their careers. The tool can help create more opportunities for African job seekersMojolaoluwa Aderemi-Makinde, head of brand and reputation at Google Africa
With the introduction of the Interview Warmup tool, Google reaffirms its dedication to helping job seekers in Africa develop their interviewing techniques and get ready for the careers they want.
The unemployment rate in Africa
There has been a long history of unemployment in the continent. While this is still clearly visible in the community, teenagers and young adults have taken up the challenge to arm themselves with entrepreneurial and creative abilities.
Young Africans now have more opportunities to learn digital skills thanks to the continent’s widespread digital exposure, positioning them for the right jobs. However, as competition grows locally and globally, it is crucial to teach these people how to ace an interview to land their dream job – a gap Google aims to fill with Interview Warmup
An average job advertisement in Africa receives more than 2000 applications, demonstrating how difficult it can be to land a job and how challenging it can be to interview in a new field.
As important as it is to learn the skills needed to perform well on a new job, it is even more important to learn the skills needed to qualify for roles”, added Aderemi-Makinde.
This Google tool provides tips for before, during and after interviews. The Google Career Certificates Employer Consortium offered these pointers.
How to use Interview Warmup
Interview Warmup is fairly easy to use. You may begin practising for interviews by choosing the role you want to test for on the webpage. Typically, the practice interview consists of five questions chosen randomly, but you can explore all other questions and choose between text or voice to answer them.
If you respond to a question using audio after it is read out, the audio is transcribed so you can see your response and explore insights.
Additionally, the programme gives you terms connected to the job so you can grasp the pattern to answering the questions.
The kind of questions asked on the Interview Warmup
These random questions were curated by industry experts and are of three types; Background, Situational and Technical.
- Background questions cover your past training and experiences. They can include questions about prior education, jobs and interests/goals.
- Situational questions ask about how you’ve handled particular circumstances in the past and how you could handle them in the future.
- Technical questions encompass subject-specific knowledge and abilities. They frequently evaluate your ability to apply technical knowledge to resolve issues in make-believe scenarios.
These questions jump between these three categories to give you an understanding of how the various questions are tailored and their ideal answer structure. Your responses are recorded in real time so you can analyse them and look for patterns.
Google does not have to save a copy of your transcript because the information is private. Therefore, though it is a Google product, it is still confidential to you. There is a choice to download the transcript for those who need a copy of their final responses.
It supports all devices except Firefox and IOS 14.4
All the best in your job search!
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