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From: Forbes

Study: Your Voice Is The Secret To Getting Hired


If you want the job, you better speak up: Your voice carries a personal power that assures people of your intelligence and competence in a way that mere written words can’t.

A new study by University of Chicago Booth School of Business researchers, to be published by the Journal of Psychological Science, found that job candidates were more likely to be hired if they make their pitch using their voice rather than text.

The Booth School researchers, Professor Nicholas Epley and Ph.D. candidate Juliana Schroeder, asked recruiters and hypothetical employers to rate candidates on their qualifications. The candidates, for their part, made their case in both spoken form and written form. Those recruiters who heard a candidate’s spoken pitch rated the candidate as smarter and more thoughtful and competent than those who read only the candidate’s written pitch—even though the actual words were the same in each case.

Why can the human voice have such power in hiring decisions? “In addition to communicating the contents of one’s mind, like specific thoughts and beliefs, a person’s speech conveys their fundamental capacity to think–the capacity for reasoning, thoughtfulness and intellect,” Epley said. “When conveying intelligence, it’s important for one’s voice to be heard–literally.”

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