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Voice Sways Perception of Competence, Intelligence

Update Date: Feb 20, 2015 05:55 PM EST

Work on your voice to get your dream job.

New research from the University of Chicago suggests that, in some cases, a person's voice could actually be more important than his or her resume and experience.  

Researchers explained that when job candidates were judged more competent, thoughtful and intelligent in sound than on paper.

"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," lead researcher Professor Nicholas Epley said in a news release.

Furthermore, findings were replicated in an experiment involving professional recruiters, academics who recruited candidates from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

"When conveying intelligence, it's important for one's voice to be heard - literally," Epley concluded.

The findings are published in The Journal of Psychological Science.

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