That First Impression: Why Your Voice Matters In An Interview

July 24th, 2017

VoiceYour Voice Matters When Trying To Make A Great First Impression

There are so many factors that play into creating your first impression when you are interviewing.  One of those factors that is not addressed enough is your voice.  Conclusions can be drawn simply by the way you speak.  Whether those assumptions are correct or not, it does not matter when you are being considered for a job.  You need to actually listen to your voice and analyze how you sound.  If you have trouble being honest with yourself, ask someone you can trust to provide you with honest feedback.

The rate or speed of your words is very important.  If you talk too fast you may be perceived as nervous, impulsive, disorganized, immature, or even flighty.  On the other hand, if you talk too slow you may be perceived as lacking intelligence, unable to keep up with a fast paced environment, older or lacking overall confidence.

The best place to be is in the middle of too fast and too slow.  You need to speak clearly, distinctly, slowly and thoughtfully.  Try to pronounce each syllable, the syllables that are meant to be stated.  If you are unsure of a word you need to look it up in the English Dictionary, never assume anything.  If you keep your speaking at a medium pace, you are able to get your thoughts across more clearly and easily.  If you want to check your speech, you can tape yourself speaking or you can speak in front of a mirror.  Both techniques are helpful and will provide results!

Relax Speech To Avoid ‘Pitchiness’

Your pitch is also extremely important.  If your pitch is normal, this won’t apply to you.  However, if you have a very high pitch it can be more annoying than anything else.  A high pitch is associated with women, but definitely occurs with men as well.  Part of lowering your pitch to a professional level is relaxing your speech.  It is a difficult thing to accomplish.  First, you must learn to control any nervousness, which is difficult to do in an interviewing situation.  If you speak too low you may be hard to understand.  It may also be perceived as not being honest.  It is also important in business to have a voice that projects professionalism.

The too soft voice is often perceived as a lack of self confidence, fearful and self conscious.  The too loud voice is again annoying and can sometimes be an indication of feeling of superiority.  There needs to be a happy medium when you are in any professional situation.

Verbal crutches are habitual phrases you use; they are extra words you throw in to give yourself time to think.  The two most often abused crutches are “uh” and “ah.”  Often people are not at all aware they use these words.  Once you record yourself talking you may find numerous crutches.

You Know, Like, Nix The Slang

Another crucial part of listening to your speech is looking for any type of slang words.  These are very common with teenagers.  However, it is also common with adults who are not aware of the terms they use.  Some of these slang terms are “you know, like, no way, cuz, yeah, for real and for sure.”  These sound funny in this text, but these simple words can assist in a company taking a pass on you for their opportunity.

Be aware of your voice and realize the necessity to listen to your voice and analyze it.  Practice and speak confidently, it will open more career opportunities for you!

Want more great advice on interview preparation?

Contact an ABR job specialist today. Our goal is to support candidates throughout the job search process to succeed.

Safe Knife Use Tips from the Safety Team at ABR

July 17th, 2017

Be aware.  If a tool is intended to cut whatever you are working on, it will likely cut you as well.

Follow these Safe Knife Use tips from ABR’s Safety Team to prevent injury.

If you are injured while on assignment with ABR, report it to your supervisor or  local ABR Employment Services office immediately.

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Tips for Building Effective Teams in the Workplace

July 10th, 2017

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Building an Effective Team Starts and Ends with Collaboration

Each manager and team leader in your organization has their own specialized role. While everyone has a full calendar each day, it is crucial that everyone pulls together when it comes to building effective teams in the workplace. It may help your management team to understand that, in order to stay true to your company’s mission and overall goals, everyone must collaborate to find the best team building strategies.

Explore Our Seven Tips to Building Effective Teams

At ABR Employment Services, we continually work to find ways to help our clients build successful teams. We have come up with seven tips we believe will help you.

  1. Define Your Team’s Goal or Goals. The best way to reach any goal is to set a clear and well-defined objective. Cleverism cites a 2008 study that states that “a well set goal will facilitate individuals to focus their efforts in a specified direction to achieve the expected outcomes.” Draw your goals from a combination of your organization’s mission statement, desired profit and productivity outcomes, and the abilities and skills of your team.
  2. Be Aware of Your Own Leadership Style. Self-awareness as a leader is essential. As the leadership front-person, you need to know how your team members see you. Forbes indicates that, for your team to accept your recommendations, they must respect and accept you. While they are likely to follow your lead, as a matter of responsibility, you may not be building a team you truly want if everyone is not on board with your style. Stay flexible and adjust where you feel you can make a difference in your team members’ attitudes.
  3. Give Every Team Member a Voice. If every team member does not feel as valued as the next team member, your team may not work the way you envision it. Let everyone participate by airing their ideas, concerns, and even disagreements. Encourage constructive conversations from everyone.
  4. Encourage Strong Professional Relationships Among Your Team Members. Not everyone on your team will agree with one another. Provide avenues for win-win situations by serving as a mediator when team members openly disagree on a point, and allow for solutions where everyone is satisfied.
  5. Monitor Your Team for Members with Unspoken Issues. Although no one expects you to be a mind reader, you can do your best to get to know your team members and address situations where you think someone is silently dissatisfied. You may notice that a previously eager team member has suddenly withdrawn from discussions.
  6. Review Progress Together. As a team, it is important to periodically review your progress to see how well you are collectively achieving your goals. Prepare to celebrate positive outcomes and search for solutions to any places where you come up short.
  7. Adopt the 12 Cs for Team Building. This alliterative approach to team building is truly all-encompassing for team leaders to consult. The Balance offers a comprehensive list of these 12 go-to ideas on building an effective team, which includes clear expectations, context, commitment, competence, charter, control, collaboration, communication, creative innovation, consequences, coordination and cultural change.

Keep an Open Mind and Stay Open to New Ideas for the Best in Team Building

We hope these tips give you some solid ideas for building effective teams. If you need additional ideas or have any questions about those we’ve listed, we would love to hear from you!