Topic: Interviews

Overcoming recruitment challenges

Finding the right people can be transformative for any business - however, it’s also one of the biggest challenges that most face. Recruiting today is a vital part of building resilient teams that will carry your organization through the ups and downs in the coming months and be the source of potential innovation and growth. 

Tips on relocating for a job

Relocating for a job can feel like a stressful time. Whether you’re considering moving to a new company altogether or relocating with your current employer, there is a lot to think about. 

Tips for writing a job advert

The job ad is often the part of the recruitment process that gets rushed. However, it’s actually crucial to the end results because it will act as a beacon to attract candidates who will be a great cultural fit, as well as right for the role. 

Is Direct Sourcing your next talent strategy?

One of the key challenges that any business faces today is a shortage of jobseekers. This has created a situation where it’s simply no longer enough to sit back and wait for people to come to you. Enter, direct sourcing - a proactive talent strategy that is designed to help organizations overcome the challenges that are presented by a lack of jobseekers and to upgrade the recruitment process. 

How to build a sustainable workplace

A more sustainable, low-carbon way of living is becoming a key goal on a global level today. From government commitments on net-zero targets to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, there are initiatives in place on a global level to make our lives less impactful on the planet. 

Finding the right employer for you

With the labor market much more active than it’s been for years there are many more opportunities for anyone looking to make a change. Whether you’re looking for a career that’s more fulfilling, you’re chasing a specific dream or you’re just ready for something new, now is a great time to consider looking elsewhere. 

Benefits of partnering with a staffing MSP

There are many benefits for any business today in having access to a contingent workforce. The past couple of years have shown us how much more flexibility we’re capable of, as well as the commercial advantages of having access to a more agile and responsive workforce. 

How to improve workplace culture to drive results

Culture is at the heart of any business and influences everything, from productivity and innovation to internal relationships. 

Challenging gender equality in the workplace

Gender equality in the workplace came under a lot of pressure during the pandemic. Women were disproportionately impacted during COVID-19, often bearing the bulk of childcare and caring responsibilities and missing out on opportunities as a result. 

How to build your career plan

A career plan provides a clear structure for how you’re going to meet your career goals going forward, as well as perspective on the skills, interests and experience that you can use to make progress happen. 

CV Writing tips

Your CV is a vital document for the process of job applications, whether you are applying for your first position or looking to move on to something new. It includes your education, past work experience and personal achievements and should represent you in your entirety in the best possible way. 

How to attract talent that will impact your bottom line

Attracting the right talent to your organization is crucial, not just to fill skills gaps, but also when it comes to the bottom line. If you want to ensure that your business has a continuous pipeline of great people to choose from, then candidate experience needs to be a priority at every level of the recruitment process.

Tips for building self confidence

A confident team is productive, collaborative and innovative. However, we all come to the table with different levels of confidence and there are many factors that can affect how people present themselves.

How to find meaning in your work

Aside from the financial rewards and benefits that you receive from your role, having a sense of belonging and meaning is also an incredibly important aspect when it comes to workplace satisfaction.

Strategic hybrid working for leadership

A new era of hybrid working was ushered in by the pandemic and this has caused a seismic shift when it comes to perceptions about leadership. There are many challenges to continuing to inspire, motivate and monitor employees who are working under a hybrid structure - but there are opportunities too. 

Tips for increasing focus, productivity and happiness

Focus, productivity and happiness has something of a symbiotic relationship, feeding one another so each one can grow. 

Leadership managing mental health

The management approach utilized by a business can set the tone when it comes to the mental health of their employees. With more than half of employees in one survey stating that they had suffered from mental health problems (and that was before the effects of the pandemic), this is an increasingly important factor for businesses to be aware of and consider. 

Four Ways to Build an Employee Advocacy Program from the Ground Up

If you’re looking for ways to strengthen your employer brand, then implementing an employee advocacy program can be a good place to start. This initiative is aimed at giving a voice to employees, enabling them to become more engaged with the goings on within their business and share their experiences with what they contribute. 

How to address skills shortages within your organization

Identifying and addressing skills shortages is vital for businesses looking to develop their staff and grow their services. According to the 2020 World Economic Forum, more than one billion workers worldwide will have to be reskilled by 2030.

Five Ways an MSP Solution Reduces Corporate Recruitment Costs and Improves Access to Talent

Over the past year, organizations have had to become more adaptive and open to change, especially when it comes to talent management. With this new outlook has come a whole new swathe of opportunities for businesses to be more agile and competitive, improve cost efficiency and better manage risk.

How to retain top talent in your business

The loss of your best talent can be a blow for any business, particularly if you’ve invested time and resources developing their skills internally for their role. 

Why data-informed decision-making is vital to workforce planning

Having access to industry relevant data helps to streamline many processes, especially when it comes to something as critical as workforce planning. The use of data can generate insights into the market where you’re operating, including current threats, trends, changes and the potential for progress and growth.

Know your career goals

It is now the ideal time to review your career goals. How do you feel about where you are right now in your career - and where do you want to go next? 

A better mental health future

Stress and burnout were already common in many workplaces. However, since the start of the pandemic there have been many more mental health challenges and increasingly employees are feeling the pressure with the number of those reporting depression and anxiety increasing dramatically.

Top 5 ways to boost your mindset for success

What does a successful mindset look like? We all have a different take on what success is and what it takes to achieve it. However, there are five common components that most successful people have adopted that not only make them more resilient in the face of failure and challenge but more likely to succeed too. 

How to prepare for a successful job interview

Success in a job interview has as much to do with the way you prepare yourself as it does your confidence in the interview. Focus your energy on the things you can control - your next application and the interview. Below are the factors you have control over that can have a significant impact on job success.

4 ways to kickstart your employer branding initiatives

As the economy begins to recover, there has been a significant shift in the way that organizations view hiring.

Tips for compliantly and effectively managing your contingent workforce

Tips for compliantly and effectively managing your contingent workforce Even before the business community started dealing with COVID-19, the contingent workforce was on the rise. 

Volt Workforce trends to consider in 2022

Workforce trends to consider in 2022 Workforce management is a vital part of ensuring that your business has the capabilities to start the new year at full strength.

A useful guide to onboarding employees remotely

 Remote onboarding became an essential process in 2020 and 2021, not just to cope with the impact of lockdowns throughout the world, but also to allow organizations to take advantage of the opportunities of working with employees not bound by location.

Resume tips to help you land your dream job

Only around 25% of resumes ever make it through the algorithm to an HR professional. Therefore it is important to stand out. You may be a good fit for the potential jobs to which you are applying, but you may not be successful with your resume. 

Evolving your workforce for success

Workforces today have a far more complex structure than employers have ever had to face with before. Four generations are now working together and this can mean age gaps of up to 50 years and a whole wide range of different attitudes, and difficulty or ease when it comes to technology and innovation. 

3 Reasons Why You Need to Ask Questions in Your Next Job Interview

Some people think the way to stand out in a job interview is to get all the answers right. To do this, they plan a response for every common interview question, make mental lists of key points to mention, and prepare to discuss the smallest details of their past jobs. This is a solid approach for any interview, but don’t forget to plan for when the hiring manager asks, “Do you have any questions for me?”

When Funny Isn’t Funny

Everyone enjoys a good laugh, right? So when you’re going for a job interview, you might be tempted to impress the hiring manager with a clever line that displays your great sense of humor.  The problem is, everyone’s sense of humor is different. 

World's Simplest Job Interview Advice

I was an English major working at an automotive shop -- it was a job, not a calling, but it paid the bills. One day a customer dropped off her car and gave me her business card that read "Advertising and Public Relations."  I told her that I had always wanted to write advertising, but didn't know where to start. She said, "If you want to give it a try, start at my office." ...

What's the Best (and Worst) Thing You Could Say in a Job Interview?

Simply saying "I don't know" in an interview is a conversation killer. This phrase is a dead end that not only amounts to admitting defeat, it shows no initiative ...

You did everything right -- so what went wrong?

If you read jobseeker blogs and online comments, you're aware of the frequent disconnect between job seekers and hiring managers. It's surprisingly common to hear people talk about how perfect they are for a particular job, but they aren't given a chance to show it ...

What's Your Greatest Weakness?

Watch this quick video to see how to answer the dreaded interview question "What's your greatest weakness?" ...

Interview Tip: Tell Me About Yourself

Here's a quick video that explains how to answer the common interview question "Tell me about yourself" ...

Prove It

I was at a crowded party once, stuck talking with a guy who was quite full of himself. He was bragging about how well he played guitar, and bass, and piano, and added, "and I'm getting pretty good at the harp," putting his hands near his mouth to show that he meant harmonica, not the stringed instrument. After he made the hand gesture, my friend Jeff, a musician himself, silently reached into the front pocket of his jean jacket for a small harmonica, offered it to the big talker and said coldly, "Prove it."

So Your Friend Asks You to Be a Reference

With so many people looking for work right now, it's increasingly common to get recommendation requests from former coworkers and friends. Some of these requests may put you in an awkward position ...

How to Explain Gaps in Your Resume

What should you say if your interviewer asks you about gaps in your work history?

Talk Like a Human

SEO is important – your resume and social media profiles need to have enough industry-specific content to appear in employer and recruiter search results – but eventually, a real person is going to read them and they’ll want to see how well you communicate, not how well you can do SEO. Here are few things that will make your job search documents more readable ... 

How to Brag on Your Resume When You're Bad at Bragging

Spend enough time on the job market and you’ll find that it’s difficult to stand out without a little bravado. Unfortunately for introverted job seekers, we don’t live in a meritocracy, and listing your duties without highlighting your biggest successes isn’t going to get a hiring manager to pay attention ...

3 Reasons You Didn't Get a Second Interview

Even when an interview goes well, it’s still possible to screw it up afterward. A hiring manager I know recently told me the story of one candidate's crucial mistake hours after the interview ended.  The candidate’s strong qualifications earned him an interview with two senior people at the company. The interview went pretty well and the applicant’s qualifications were confirmed, though both interviewers privately questioned whether he was the right cultural fit for the team. ...

What Does a Recruiter Do, Anyway?

Recruiters work on behalf of our clients; they tell me the job they need filled and I search for talented people to do the work. Some of these openings are easy to fill, others require months of work to find just the right person. When I connect with a candidate, I feel good; I get truly excited when I have an opening that would be a fit for them.

Why This Year Can Still Be Different

Halfway through January, and maybe your 2015 is looking a lot like 2014.  But you know what? It doesn't have to.