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post #1 of 13
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interviewers mouth after exchanging greetings is, "You sound horrible." First a quick background on me.. I had an accident when I was small and have a paralyzed vocal cord as a result of it. So I get asked about it a lot. I tend to sound sick. All the time. Now I've been unemployed almost 5 months, so I'm applying to any type of job that I have any type of work or educational background in. This was a job where I'd be on the phone a lot, so obviously not ideal for me.. but I kinda need to get paid yesterday. He asked me if I would be interested in other positions there and I said yes. But the damn interview only lasted about 10 minutes. He said they are just pre-screening people. Bullshit. You do that over the phone. Anyways.. I didn't think it would be the brightest idea to let him know that I always sound like that, and to let him think I am just sick at the moment. What's the best way to go about this, considering communication skills are generally one of that is very high up on the list of things most employers are looking for? I usually just play it by ear and usually don't mention anything about it unless the interviewer does.
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Accounting.
post #3 of 13
Mime.
post #4 of 13
not to sound like a prick....but harden up. Im sure you get it a lot...and I strongly doubt that he was trying to be mean.

If someone asks tell them, but if not, I wouldnt....just my opinion.
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In four years you make this your fifth post?
post #6 of 13
Sock puppet mole is my guess.
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Originally Posted by DerekS View Post
not to sound like a prick....but harden up. Im sure you get it a lot...and I strongly doubt that he was trying to be mean.

If someone asks tell them, but if not, I wouldnt....just my opinion.

Harden up? Really? It doesn't bother me in the least on a personal level. I've dealt with it for 25 years and can just take it in stride. It bothers my family and friends a hell of a lot more than it bothers me.

But that's not the point. I know he wasn't being mean. He thought I was sick. But you never say something like that in a professional setting.
post #8 of 13
Communication skills is not primarily about what your voice sounds like... just explain it. Actually, setting it up as something you have had to overcome, peoples' preconceptions of you, etc might be a good answer to a behavioral interview question that they didn't even get the chance to ask.
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Harden up? Really? It doesn't bother me in the least on a personal level. I've dealt with it for 25 years and can just take it in stride. It bothers my family and friends a hell of a lot more than it bothers me.

But that's not the point. I know he wasn't being mean. He thought I was sick. But you never say something like that in a professional setting.

I guess I took your post as kinda complaining that he asked about it....sorry for the mixup kiddo.

Unfortunately a lot of upper mgmt people are clueless as to being professional in a setting like that.
post #10 of 13
"You sound horrible" translates as, "Your voice is scratchy, are you currently sick? I am concerned for your health." It is definately a casual/familiar thing to ask, but it isn't necessarily "unprofessional."
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Originally Posted by IUtoSLU View Post
"You sound horrible" translates as, "Your voice is scratchy, are you currently sick? I am concerned for your health." It is definately a casual/familiar thing to ask, but it isn't necessarily "unprofessional."

+1

This was attempt to be casual. Keep in mind that you already claim the interviewer believes it was temporary.

Shouldn't take it personally but it might be better to be up front about your condition if your job relies on your voice.
post #12 of 13
Men are not so up front with their empathy towards strangers(except the homosexuals) so take it as empathy rather than insult. For a reaction you get a lot, having a negative interpretation must cause a lot of needless and misdirected frustration.

For interviews, if people assume you are sick, try to look healthy otherwise. Stand up straight, have more energetic facial expressions, have a light spray on tan the night before or use bronzer.
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A.D.A. them.

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