After having cleared cutoff percentile at MBA Institute, you will be invited for Personal interview and now it is must for you to practice with variety of PI Tips.
Read and develop points for Pi Tips : Modulation of voice also matters in PI
Unlike the entrance exam, Personal Interview depends on how well you convey your thoughts verbally. It is necessary for you to brush up your language skills and be flawless. To do this, one aspect of speech that you must be conscious of is voice modulation. Knowing when and what to speak are important aspects, but knowing how to speak can give you an extra edge in the interview and make what you speak more effective.
Don’t be a boring speaker
All good speakers have the innate ability to hold the attention of their audience. They do so not just by the quality of their thoughts, but also the way they play with their voice. They are well aware that speaking in one dimensional pattern will not work in their favour, as it will bore their audience, so they try to bring slight variations in their voice during their speech. In your interview too, if you are talking in a monotonous tone, the interviewers are sure to get bored hearing it. Monotonous tone means flat tone with no variations. You need to be conscious of how you speak and consistently work on it.
Use your voice as a weapon
Aspirants don’t realise the power of their voice and how important a role it plays in the interview. Using your voice you can whisper or yell, you can suggest or demand, you can affirm, denounce, assert or declare, all this just by bringing little variations to your voice. The way you voice your thoughts will help the panel make a judgement on you. If you use your voice properly, you can deliver your thoughts more effectively.
In simple terms, voice modulation is the variations you add to your voice to aid your speech and stops you from sounding flat or monotonous. It is not very difficult to understand how voice modulation works. A basic understanding of when to speak in high pitch or low pitch, when to pause, when to slow down the pace or quicken it, when to add timbre to your voice and so on, helps you articulate your thoughts in just the right manner. Some points to keep in mind are :
- Pace - Maintain a good pace throughout the interview. You don’t want to talk too fast or too slow.
- Pitch - Your pitch will depend on the point you are raising. You can use variations in your pitch to assert yourself and show authoritativeness. For instance, while putting across a question, you can end on a high note and while making an affirmative statement it is best if you end on a slightly lower note.
- Timbre - It is the emotional quality in your speech. Use timbre to express the emotion or meaning that you want to convey.
- Breathing pattern - Breathing is essential to voice modulation. Breathe easy rather than every two seconds for your speech to be warm and smooth.
Importance of pause
Just as how you speak is important, you also need to understand the value of the pause. While speaking, there will be times when you would pause, but taking a pause at the wrong moment can put in an awkward situation. You can use the pause to think of your next point. But taking long pauses may prove counterproductive. Pause to create a dramatic impact and also to allow your words to sink in.
Advice for aspirants
You can complement the content of your speech through the right voice modulation and create an impact. Conversely, doing it wrong will leave a bad impression.
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