Between the Trapezes - On Job Search! | April 2023
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April 2023

It's hard to read any article in the business press today without running into the word "ChatGPT". This is a version of Artificial Intelligence (AI) now widely available, and users claim it can do anything knowledge-based that a human can do, and often better.

According to fans, ChatGPT or similar tools can write essays and articles, manage your research online, synthesize knowledge bases, even have conversations with you the human.

And that also means interviewing. A client alerted me to an interview she'd had, which clearly told her it was AI-driven technology. She wanted to know more.

If you respond, "Well, I'm not in job search", know that the next time you talk to "someone" at your bank's 800#, it might likely be an AI-driven entity, not a human. Yes, it's everywhere.

Read the article below about being interviewed by an AI-driven system. If you ARE in job search, you'll thank yourself for doing so.
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Your Next Interviewer May Not Be Human

Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) for interviewing job candidates is new but gaining a strong foothold in many companies. It enables small HR departments to add what they see as new capabilities. And it enables larger ones to stretch their funds.

The jury is still out – and may always be – on AI’s use for interviews. But it’s here to stay. I'm a realist so I say it’s best to be prepared for such an interview. And to be prepared way ahead of time, as you might not have more than a few hours before getting notice of such an interview. That happened to one of my clients, and now others are seeing the same.

In that spirit, I decided to use this article space to relay to you some of the excellent information in an article Are You Prepared to Be Interviewed by an AI?, by authors Zahira Jaser and Dimitra Petrakaki, in the Harvard Business Review, Feb 7, 2023. Please read the original for a ton of information. For now, here are some comments of my own based on what they wrote:

-  There are several kinds of interviews but so far, 2 main types that involve AI: The first is when it’s just you, and your answers are being recorded. Then AI reviews the recording and makes comments to the hiring person. And the other is the kind where it’s just you and your answers are being recorded, afterward AI reviews and analyzes the recording and makes a decision about you going forward or not. No human involvement. Yup, no humans.

-  AI collects 3 kinds of data: visual, verbal, and vocal. The authors say that some of the design of the questions is probably somewhat dependent on the success of past hires there in your job category. So if you match some of those successful characteristics, your score will be higher. However, just as with a human interviewer, there’s no way of you knowing what those particular characteristics are.  

Knowing this, my advice to candidates is: Be sure to make eye contact with the screen. Yes, that sounds weird, and it feels weird at first because you are likely looking at yourself or a blank screen, but with some practice it feels better. Also, vary your speech pattern – don’t sound like you are reciting from a script. Speak clearly and speak to the job description, using keywords that are in the ad. 

-  As the authors of the article say, don’t be so rigid that you don’t feel like you. A good comfort level comes with practice. 

And they finish the article by saying AI-driven interviews are not perfect…they have their shortcomings and flaws. I'll add: But know that you WILL run into them, so be ready.


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This month’s Tip from Joanne:

"Why should I pay for LinkedIn?"
(I do not get compensated in any way from LinkedIn by writing this - it's here to help you decide the action you may take.)

Those who ask "Why pay?", whether you're in job search, want to build or rebuild your network, or are a consultant who wants to attract clients, often tell me "I don't see what I get if I pay."

Exactly: if you don't pay, you do not get to see who's looked at your profile. Viewers' identifying information is now blocked on LinkedIn for those not paying for Premium membership (the name they give to "paid" membership). So you can't reach out to them to connect, or even see their profile.

Also, you are not shown as often to those recruiters or Hiring Managers looking for someone like you. Paying members first, LinkedIn says.

Nor can you see as much in your searches: Linked In will show only a few results. Use Premium, and you will see oodles of info, contacts, profiles.

So try the free month they give you when you sign up for LinkedIn Premium. I think you'll see a real difference!
Thought of the Month

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