Topic: Interviews

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.