Jim Stroud

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How to use ChatGPT to Interview Candidates

Hey recruiter, when interviewing candidates, one thing you may want to consider is how a candidate approaches work. Are they a daring risk taker or a worker B set on maintaining the status quo?

The hiring manager wants to know. Fortunately, ChatGPT can help check out this conversation I had with ChatGPT. My initial prompt was this, give me three provocative quotes on innovation from tech leaders. I want to use them in an interview with a software developer so I can see their reaction gauge their approach to software development.

Tell me the quote, guest three reactions and what each reaction may mean. ChatGPT gave me something close to what I wanted. It gave me examples of what a positive, neutral, and negative reaction would be to a quote from a tech leader, as it did here with the Steve Jobs quote.

For example, it thought a negative response to the quote would be, I think this quote is a little simplistic. Uh, innovation is important, but it's not the only thing that matters. Execution and delivery are just as important, if not more so. Now this is good, but not quite what I'm looking for.

So I gave it a follow up question. Detail for me what each reaction suggests about how the candidate may approach their work. For example, a positive reaction may mean they will take more risk, and a neutral answer may mean that they will maintain the status quo.

And this is the insight they gave me on someone who responded negatively to the Steve Jobs quo. The candidate may be someone who is more focused on execution and delivery than on innovation.

They may be more comfortable with established processes and technologies and may be less willing to take risks on try or try new things. Now, should ChatGPT speculation be considered a solid psychological evaluation? Of course not, but it may be something the hiring manager chooses to explore when and if they meet with candidate. Just saying.

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