Today’s post is written by Rebekah Crawford, the co-founder of Jobinnerview, an online e-learning course that teaches people how to successfully pass the job interview process so they land the job.
Have you ever received a phone call from someone you didn’t know and after only a minute or two, you had already formed an opinion about what kind of person they were? Maybe they had a small, timid voice and you dismissed them immediately as a pushover. Or they spoke so fast you pegged them as the sort to honk the second the light turned green. Just as with any first impression, it wasn’t their wording you were paying attention to; it was all the non-verbal cues you were picking up on that either made you “like” the person or wish they would just hang up and leave you alone.
The mistake many of us make is assuming if we can’t be seen, we can’t be judged. In fact, it’s just the opposite; when the only clue we have is a voice, we are even more attuned because we are desperately trying to categorize the person on the other end. It’s like what they say happens to blind people; all of their other senses work overtime to compensate for the missing sense, sight.
As a recruiter, I almost always conduct a phone interview with the candidate first. I feel I have a much stronger intuition about the person when I can’t use my other senses and about 98% of the time; my hunch pays off. If I judged they were a good candidate on the phone, they almost always wind up being a good candidate in person and vice versa.
So, what does a good phone voice do?
A good phone voice creates the impression of a confident, positive, capable human being on the other end of the line. It makes you want to say yes to that person, to help them, to give them whatever they are asking for. It creates a feeling of connection, even of intimacy. It makes you think, “Wow, this person sounds great! I’d like to meet her.”
So how can I get me one of those?
Here are some tricks anyone can do to create an instant connection on the phone.
1. Stand up straight when you speak on the phone. Your voice sounds better and is more powerful when you are standing up straight and carrying yourself properly.