How ‘The Voice’ speaks for you in a phone interview
Occupying our screens on a Saturday and Sunday evening, reality talent show ‘The Voice’ has become a force to be reckoned with. Offering aspiring singers, drawn from the public, the chance to win a recording contract, the show features four star coaches in search of the next new talent.
In taking a closer look, you could argue that “The Voice” is in fact a strategically-played recruitment campaign offering the winner the job they’ve always wanted. As such, there are many things that job seekers can learn from the show, especially if they face a telephone interview.
How? The concept is indicated by the title: the coaches do not judge the artists by their looks, personalities or stage presence – only their vocal ability. Referred to as the ‘blind auditions’, the coaches listen to the contestants without seeing them and only turn their chairs around when they are interested in working with that artist.
Similar to the blind auditions, in a telephone interview, a candidate will also be assessed by their vocal ability – how they convey a message, communicate their thoughts and the tone of their voice.
So as a job seeker, what can be learnt from ‘The Voice’ and applied to a phone interview?
Too often, the importance of a phone interview is overlooked. But if you’re an efficient and switched on job hunter, you’ll know that to impress a potential interviewer on the phone, like you would the coaches, you need to fashion your voice and manner of speaking to the audience at hand.
Unlike a face-to-face interview, a hiring manager cannot pay attention to your body language during a phone interview, so talk openly and try to be expressive. Keep smiling, sound positive and remember phone etiquette. Just as the coaches possess the experience to identify a global superstar from their performances, an experienced HR interviewer will be able to assess your gestures and attitude by studying your tone of voice and the words you use.
Speak with a clear, crisp voice, make sure you have a strong phone signal (a land line is best) and eliminate any distractions from around you. When a singer hits a wrong note, fails to correctly pronounce their lyrics or the microphone fizzles, it will directly affect the quality of their voice – just as it would if you’re on a bad line or produce muffled sounds during your phone interview.
A final lesson that can be learnt from ‘The Voice’: the importance of practice. Role-play with a friend and get yourself familiarised and comfortable with phone interviews. Be composed, decisive, and most importantly, keep control of the tone of your voice. After all, it’s only the ‘very best’ that will get selected to go on to the final round and potentially land their dream job.
If you’re looking for more tips on how to successfully ace your phone interview, The Guardian offers some great advice.
It’s not just ‘The Voice’ that can teach us about successful interviewing; have you read our blog on how The X Factor may also hold key learnings that can be related to your job hunting strategy.