By Jo Morgan Dakin – Director of Recruitment

Competing on the Voice is a long interview process.

I have been watching The Voice this season and love the addition of Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys to the judging panel along with Blake Shelton and Adam Levine. What struck me last night while watching the finalist sing their lasts songs of the season was this is a very long interview process and like life, there will only be one person to get the job. For those of you who don’t watch the show, the early  episodes are of contestants coming on stage and singing a random song they chose and  hopefully see a chair will turn. If they are chosen they are put on a team with one of the judges being their coach.

This is the same for you when going to a company for the first time not knowing the person you are meeting, you must put on a performance of a lifetime to get them interested in you. The contestants are as nervous as you are  when entering that building for the first time. The audience gets to see a background on the person performing; where they are from, what hardships they may have endured, their family life etc. Sort of like the person that is interviewing you, they have a resume of yours that will tell about your education, your work history and perhaps your interests.

In The Voice we have seen 45 people become eliminated and in tonight’s finale a winner will be declared. When you begin your interview process you don’t know how many you are up against, but if you start from how many resumes are submitted you most likely are going up against 50, 100 or possibly greater than 100. This number will be whittled down just by reviewing the resume, which takes a few short minutes if that. Then a short list is created, possibly 10,  they will be called and questions will be asked of them, you will then be eliminated or you may have a telephone interview set up, or perhaps you will be booked in to have a face to face with usually the HR person.

Throughout the season of The Voice we have seen the contestants working with their coaches, growing stronger in their song choices, changing their genres up, showcasing the depth of their musical talent. As you should be doing as you are going through the interview process, as you meet the different people within the organization you should be demonstrating the depth of your person. HR will want to know the touchy feely stuff – how do you get along with others, what is your management/leadership style, how you handle deadlines etc.   The VP or Plant Manager is going to want to know what you did to cut costs, improve efficiency or evert a strike etc. If you are invited to lunch or dinner as part of the process they will most likely want to know more about you personally – where did you grow up, do you live in the city/country, your university years etc. Each stage of The Voice and your interview process is a fact finding mission to see if you are the best for the job.

As the season of The Voice has just come to end we saw a great celebration of tears, laughter, smiles, glitter and possibly some champagne was served backstage. Sundance Head did a great job in performing throughout the season and was justified to win the title of The Voice Winner. Celebration is in order also for you, should you be the one picked for the role and offered your ideal job . I would just suggest you hold back the tears and champagne until you are in  the privacy of your own home and not at the place of your new business. Although laughter and smiles are always welcome!

What are your thoughts did you think Sundance deserved to win?

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