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."
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.
"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."
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.
"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."
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.
"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."
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.
"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."
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.
"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."
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.
"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."
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.
"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."
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.
"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."
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.
"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."
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.
"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."
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.
"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."
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.
"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."
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."
Voice-over (also known as off-camera or off-stage commentary) is a production technique where a voice, that is not part of the narrative (non-diegetic), is used in a radio, television production, filmmaking, theatre, or other presentations.[