Alyse Kalish | The Muse | 6/21/2023
Wouldn’t it be great if we all had a personal job search assistant? Someone we could turn to, anytime, for assistance in our careers?
Well, we may not have that at our disposal, but we do have something almost as good: technology. And while it can’t solve all our problems, it can certainly make our lives—and job searches—easier.
ChatGPT is one of those handy tech tools in our metaphorical career tool belts. If you’re heard the buzz around ChatGPT, or tried it already, here’s how you can use it to prep for your next job interview—plus, 35 ChatGPT prompts to get the discussion started.
What is ChatGPT, and how does it work?
ChatGPT is an artificial intelligence chatbot launched in November 2022 by AI research lab OpenAI. It has a variety of use cases—it can help you write a speech or song, debug code, answer test questions, or simply act like a search tool (like Google or Bing) for information.
To put it simply, “it’s a really smart friend that you can talk to,” Pete Huang, the cofounder of The Neuron, an AI newsletter focused on helping people find and use tools like ChatGPT to accelerate their workflows, told The Muse.
ChatGPT works through “prompts,” or messages you type in and send to the chatbot to start a “conversation.”
“ChatGPT won’t talk to you first,” Huang said. “It’s a passive thing, and you have to poke and prod it with new messages here and there for it to respond.”
Because of this, he added, “there is a sort of art and science to crafting a prompt to get it to do what you want it to do.” In other words, the chatbot can’t read your mind—if it’s not giving you the answer you’re looking for, chances are you didn’t give it enough or the right information to go off of.