How You Speak on Job Interviews Matters
By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Many of you are not rejected based on what you know or don’t know. There is an additional variable at play.
01:04 What to do
There was an article in The New York Post recently that spoke about how people with Southern accents are adversely affected on job offers, based upon their accents. I’m Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. People hire me for no BS career advice and coaching globally, because I make things so much easier for them with regard to job search, hiring, and much more.
Now, I simply say this isn’t just about Southern accents. I know because I now live in the South. There, people with Northern accents are received lesser offers or outright rejected because of the Northern accent. And obviously, for those of you who are born outside of the United States, you already have experienced how accents adversely affect you professionally.
I want to encourage you that if you do have an accent of some sort, it’s important for you to practice elocution in ways that are more common for the area of the country that you live in.
For example, the article I referenced mentions how people who work in many different fields, practice speaking in ways that are more common for their area. If you’re foreign-born, you have to make sure you’re understandable and that normally will start off with slowing your speech down. Because Americans often or people in other countries often have difficulty with the cadence of your speech. Thus, by meeting them where they are, you’re going to wind up with more job offers.
When all is said and done, you already know that when you interview, it’s important to be understood. If you don’t do the homework in advance to make this more natural, it’s going to come off awkwardly for you and you don’t want to have that happen. It will also affect how you’re seen professionally if you are hired. So you want to practice how you speak to make sure you’re understood.
I hope you found this helpful. I’m Jeff Altman. My website is TheBigGameHunter.us. Go to the blog and go exploring. There’s just a lot there that will help. In addition, you can schedule time for a free introductory call, a free coaching session, find out about my courses, books, and guides. Again, there’s a lot there that’ll help.
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