18 Questions and Answers Written by Christina Erne
Updated on August 21st, 2018 |
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How do you handle stress and pressure?
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Being a voice over artist means experiencing some levels of stress - whether it means having to complete the job under a severe time constraint, or being ordered by a client to re-record based on their desires. The candidate should talk about how their work is affected by stress.
"I find that stress does not affect my job whatsoever. I have had years of experiencing stress and tight deadlines in the workplace and I find that I am able to focus better when I have pressure on me."
Oftentimes, getting creative projects such as voice overs complete means working extra hours to make sure it is just right. The candidate should talk about their availability to sometimes change up their schedule to get the job done and ensure that it is the best work they can put forward for the company.
"I believe that getting the job done and making a good name for myself and the company is the most important, and I am willing to work overtime when it is necessary to produce the best work."
The candidate has the opportunity to make themselves the best possible candidate by talking about why they want the job and why they are so passionate about this career field. A hiring manager is looking for someone who not only wants the job, but loves doing it and has a reason to come into work and do their best job each day.
"I want to become a voice over artist because I have been told what a strong and unique voice I have, and putting my passion into each time I speak is what makes me happy."
The candidate should talk about their flexibility working at various hours of the day, depending on what the project entails or what the client wants. The candidate should be someone who is able to change their schedule based on the project needs, and should talk about how they are open to moving around their hours to get the job done.
"While I find I do some of my best work in the mornings, I am able to adjust my schedule to work whenever it is necessary to get the job done."
The candidate should talk about their experience working as a part of a team and how they believe their teamwork skills will benefit the company. Being a successful voice over artist means communicating well with the client, script writers, and more, and the candidate should prove that they are capable of working well with others.
"I am a hard working member of the team and I enjoy playing off other team members so we can create the best work together. I find that good communication makes the job go smoothly and I enjoy learning from others."
6. What do you like most about this job? The candidate should talk about the job description they are applying for and why they believe this job is the perfect one for them. They should talk about what particular parts of the job they enjoy the most and why they believe their particular skills make them the best fit for the job. Here is an answer example: "I like most the flexibility to take on various roles. Your company is very open to choosing jobs that are not only interesting, but keep the voice over artist interested with constantly changing roles so we never get bored."7. Where do you see yourself in five years? The hiring manager is looking for someone who is looking to stick around and help grow with the company. They are interested in hearing how the candidate plans to grow and improve along with the company in the short term future. The candidate should talk about what they hope to learn in the future and where they may see his or herself in five years from now. Here is an answer example: "In five years from now, I hope to be one of the most skills voice over artists you have on the team. I hope to be the go-to person you send to high profile clients."8. What are your career goals? The candidate should discuss where they see their career progressing in the future. In the short term, they may talk about what skills they hope to improve upon in this job, but they also may talk about what goals they have in the long term future to show the interviewer how they plan on growing. Here is an answer example: "In the future, I hope to continue to be a voice over artist for many popular commercials and eventually progress into National Geographic documentaries. However, before I can get to that point, I want to develop my serious tone in my voicing."9. What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it? Not everyone is perfect, and it is perfectly alright for the candidate to talk about what they still are working on to be the best voice over artist they can be. They should talk about the ways they are trying to remedy this fault of theirs and how they are confident they can overcome their weaknesses with the skills they learn in this job. Here is an answer example: "My greatest weakness is that I have a hard time brainstorming ways to make each of my projects different. However, there are so many creative minds at your company and I hope to learn how they do it so I can improve."10. What is your greatest strength? How does it help you as a Voice Over Artist? The candidate may talk about their best strengths, including their experience in the field, their versatility in voicing, their quick work, their ability to work with a team, and more. The goal is to make them stand out and make them appealing to add to the team. Here is an answer example: "My greatest strength is my flexibility to take on various voice over roles, whether it be a funny one, a serious one, or a more commercial tone. This makes me a great candidate because I can take on any role you ask me to."11. Why are you the best candidate for us? The candidate should talk about what sets them apart as an employee, including special skills and unique characteristics that make them the best candidate for the job. They should talk about what qualities of their voice make them unique and flexible and how they are as a member of a team. Here is an answer example: "I believe I am the best candidate for the job because your company focuses on comedic voice overs and I consider myself a comedian. I feel that I work best in cartoon roles that are humorous, and I take on all of my characters very seriously and can adapt to their personalities to bring them to life."12. What was your biggest voice over job? The candidate should describe one of their biggest voice over jobs and why this is considered their biggest accomplishment to date. They should talk about the challenges they overcame and the recognition they received following the job. They should also mention what they have learned from this job and moving forward how it will influence their work. Here is an answer example: "My biggest voice over job was being the voice over artist for all of the Boston Bruins Hockey games. Fans got very excited when I announced in live time, and I realized that I can perform voice overs not only behind the scenes for movies and commercials, but can also do it live."13. Tell me about a voice job when you had the most difficulty. The candidate should discuss one of their most challenging voice jobs and what made it so tricky for them. They should also talk about how they overcame the difficult job and what they have learned going forward. Here is an answer example: "I struggled with one job where I had to perform the voice job in limited time in a foreign language. It took me more than a day to confirm I was pronouncing everything correctly, but going forward I know to leave more time for a foreign language job."14. What makes you passionate about being a Voice Over Artist? The candidate should set his or herself apart by discussing why they are so passionate about the job. A candidate who is passionate about their work, and will not take just any job that comes across the table, is the best choice because their continued hard work is guaranteed within a company. The candidate should demonstrate that their hard work will never waver. Here is an answer example: "I am passionate about this job because my voice gets to be heard. I enjoy entertaining the public, and I am proud of the voice I put forward for the client."15. If you could, would you choose a different career? The interviewer is looking for someone who has other interests that may help their voice over job. The candidate should talk about other interests they have in careers and how that makes them a strong candidate for this job. However, they should ultimately remain positive about their dedication to being a voice over artist, even with their other interests. Here is an answer example: "I once considered being a stand up comic because of my interest in being in front of an audience and my ability to take on various characters to tell jokes. I found that being a voice over artist is a much more rewarding career, but my ability to feel comfortable in front of an audience makes me a confident candidate."16. What is your secret to a successful career as a voice over artist? A successful voice over artist has a certain set of skills that set them apart from other candidates. The candidate should discuss what makes their unique skills special and why they would raise the company or client to success with these skills. Here is an answer example: "I find that my secret to being the best voice over artist possible is my flexibility. I can work on both short and long term projects and can perform a variety of voices for each. I am unique because I can work at any hour to do the best work."17. What made you choose a career as a voice over artist? The interviewer is looking for a candidate who is passionate about their job and who has a good reason why they want to get into a new position at this company or with this client. The candidate should show a passion for the job and what else in their life has lead up to the realization that this is their career passion. Here is an answer example: "I chose a career as a voice over artist because I take on various roles with my voice each day and each week and with each changing project. I love taking on new roles and using my voice to move an audience."18. Describe a difficult project and how you overcame it? The candidate should speak honestly and openly about a time in their work that they struggled. They may talk about how they recruited help to overcome the issue, or how they found a way to succeed even though it was tough. The candidate should prove that they are a problem solver who can overcome any difficult project and learns from their mistakes. Here is an answer example: "I once struggled to push myself in voice overs because it was hard for me to get out of my own voice and transform into a new role. However, I studied acting and learned how to transform my voice for various roles."
Author of Voice Over Artist Answers and Questions
Christina Erne is a meteorologist and a journalist at News 10 ABC in Albany, NY. Beginning her career as a reporter, she worked her way up the ranks of local television, learning the ins and outs of all possible jobs in the field, from technical support, to weather staff.
First written on: 05/22/2013 Last modified on: 08/21/2018
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