Most people are nervous to some degree before an interview. The best way to help with those nerves and feel more comfortable beforehand is to prepare and practice. The more comfortable you feel, the more confident you will come across to the agriculture recruiter or hiring manager.
You can ask a friend or family member to conduct a mock interview with you and practice basic questions or you can answer questions out loud to yourself in the mirror. There are also a few online tools out there to help you practice. The most recent mock interview tool is Google’s Interview Warmup.
Google’s Interview Warmup was originally intended to help learners of the Google Career Certificate prepare for job searching. However, the tool is now open to everyone. It uses artificial intelligence to help you prepare for job interviews. You will be asked common interview questions. You can answer out loud using your built-in microphone and the system will transcribe your answers or you can use your keyboard and type your responses.
While it may be more helpful to speak your answers, since you need to in your actual interview, typing your answers will also help you to prepare because it can still help you with word recall.
How it Works
You’re asked five questions. After each question, the AI system will analyze your answer and provide suggestions to improve your answer.
It will identify the job-related keywords you mentioned and give you tips on how to expand on those terms.
Another insight includes most-used phrases, which highlight phrases that have been used three or more times and will provide other alternatives.
The technology will also point out the top talking points in your answer and offer suggestions to include in your response.
You can keep practicing using the tool until you feel confident in your answers.
Types of Questions
Interview Warmup includes three types of questions.
Like most interviews start, it asks about your background, where you should discuss your past training and experience, specifically anything that might not have made the cut on your resume that is relevant.
The tool also asks situational questions. This includes asking how certain situations were handled or how you may deal will a specific situation in the future.
Lastly, it includes technical questions to cover your skills and knowledge. This is where you expand on your background and provide more specific details about situations and problems you have worked to solve.
There are no right or wrong answers, and you don’t receive a score at the end. It is only a tool to help you practice your interview skills and to polish your answers. The AI doesn’t know the exact job you are interviewing for, so it isn’t going to know if your answers are relevant or match the job description. However, it is a great way to practice and gain confidence.
Interview Warmup is a great place to start your interview prep. The tool does include questions from different job types, but it is limited, including only five job types. Unfortunately, it will not be asking you about agribusiness or agriculture jobs, but anyone can benefit from using the general questions. After you feel you’ve prepared enough using the general questions from the Interview Warmup, you can find more common interview questions at AgHires.com.
It’s also important to note that Google does not save the audio or the transcripts from the sessions. However, you can copy or download your transcript before you leave the site. Although the job types are limited, anyone can benefit from using the general questions.
For more tips and resources, visit AgHires.com and check out the career advice blogs.
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