Interview Warmup

Google recently launched a tool called Interview Warmup which is designed to help job seekers practise for their interviews. Image via Unsplash

Everything you need to know about Google’s Interview Warmup tool

Job seekers will get to answer interview questions and also get feedback from the tool, but there’s just one thing the AI tool cannot do…

Interview Warmup

Google recently launched a tool called Interview Warmup which is designed to help job seekers practise for their interviews. Image via Unsplash

It’s always advisable to practise before an interview, and while getting someone to help you practice isn’t always an option, you can now talk to Interview Warmup by Google.

The multinational technology company has launched an artificial intelligence (AI) tool that asks you important interview questions and also gives you feed, but according to North Carolina State University sociologist Steve McDonald, there is a con to the tool.


According to Google, Interview Warmup lets you practice answering questions selected by industry experts, and uses machine learning to transcribe your answers and help you discover ways to improve.

The Interview Warmup website says its questions can apply to a wide variety of professions and fields, such as data analytics, e-commerce, IT support, project management, UX design, and general.

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The tool asks general job interview questions about your background. Questions such as “Tell me a bit about yourself” will appear, along with situational questions such as “Tell me about a time you made a mistake. How did you communicate that mistake?”

Questions that are technical and skill-specific are also asked by the tool.

Google assures users that none of the answers will be graded to help “build your confidence in a non-judgmental zone.”

When giving feedback, the tool shows you which words you repeated more than three times, along with suggested synonyms. In addition, it reveals whether your answers are “job-related” to your field and whether they included identifiable talking points such as skills, experience, strengths, weaknesses and goals.

Another positive is that, unlike your practising with a friend, the computer tool does not get tired, so you can practice as many times as you like. And those worried about privacy are also assured that all their answers are private and Google does not save them, although they are available for download.

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According to HuffPost, McDonald said that while job candidates would practice with the tool and with other people to be super prepared, he doesn’t think the tool can replace practising with another human being.

“The AI tool focuses on the linguistic and grammatical content. It pulls out these talking points. It narrowly focuses in on that, whereas doing a person-to person practice interview involves much more improvisational type of skills. I do not think one would replace the other,” he said.

Mia Williams, a job interview coach who specializes in helping college students and recent graduates, also told the publication that she would recommend Interview Warmup to her clients so that they can practice organizing their thoughts. She, however, did say that she doesn’t think it can replace practising with a colleague, friend or family member.