Did you know that your next job interview could be an asynchronous, one-sided interview with a bot? Companies use artificial intelligence interviews regularly to quickly scan and cull applicants. Artificial intelligence evaluates answers to your questions and creates an employability score based on your behavior, attributes, and competencies. It is a screening and matching service to determine who may succeed in a position.
What to Expect
On-screen prompts offer either pre-recorded or text questions. This replaces first-round phone screens or video interviews with a person. Your answers are recorded and either reviewed by a human being or processed by a computer.
AI interviews vary per company and position. Here are some common formats. The interview may last between 10 to 25 minutes. Companies ask an average of seven questions. Some bots allow 2-3 minutes per question and others do not have a time limit. If you go over the allotted time, that section may end and the interview will move on to the next question. Some companies provide the opportunity to re-record your answer while others only allow applicants one chance per question.
What does AI Pick Up?
The algorithm is checking your audio and video content for the following:
- Word choice
- Vocal Tone/Pitch
- Filler words such as uh, um, and like
- Behavioral style
- Facial movements
- Communication style
Preparing for the Interview
- Set a blank backdrop – you can use a sheet or a blank wall with nothing behind you. AI will notice book titles or other items hanging on the walls. Avoid the use of virtual backgrounds.
- Ensure that your camera is facing eye level and straight at you. You can prop it up with a book if necessary. Laptops/computers are more effective than a phone for your AI interview. Allow the use of your webcam in settings.
- For your attire avoid white tops which can drown you out. Also, avoid busy distractible prints and writings.
- Practice in front of a mirror or record yourself for timing and sound. Consider practicing on Big Interview, a platform that offers pre-recorded video interview questions.
- Research the company and utilize specific jargon and lingo (AI is looking for key terms).
During the Interview
- Utilize the practice question(s) provided in the beginning.
- Ensure eye contact – look at your camera and offer a friendly demeanor throughout the interview. Avoid slouching and crossing your arms.
- Pretend there is a person on the other end.
- Take a breath when you speak. Use enthusiasm and provide authentic responses. Avoid canned and pre-rehearsed succinct responses.
Increase your Likelihood of Success
Whenever possible continue to make a human connection at the company to which you are interested in applying. Reach out by email or phone to let hiring managers know that you had the interview and send a copy of your résumé to the employer.
Meet with a Career Coach to help you beat the bot! We can help you feel more comfortable with automated web-based interviews and get past this gatekeeper.
By Desirée Martino, Career Coach, the Center for Career Development