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Interview Questions that Reveal Everything

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You have thirty minutes to gather all the information you need to make the perfect hire. You’re aware of the negative impact that a bad hire has on a company and you want to leave confident knowing you made the right decision. Where do you start? Our own John Younger offers up his top three interview questions that reveal everything about the candidate.

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    Hiring can be tricky. As a result of the great recession that began in 2008 and continues to linger across the globe, many companies had to make tough decisions about which people and which departments could be downsized. Hiring is one of the first things to go when a company is worried about staying afloat. I mean, why would you need a hiring function if you’re not even sure that you’ll be around in 6 months? It makes sense from a pragmatic standpoint, but what happens when the dust settles and you no longer have the hiring infrastructure to start pulling in fresh talent to start growing your company again. One of the best solutions for this staffing problem is to consult with a Recruitment Process Outsourcing company (like Accolo). With an RPO, you get all of the hiring resources and expertise of an internal recruiting function without any of the overhead. That being said, there is definitely a right way and a wrong way to enter into an RPO partnership and it’s up to you to do it right. http://www.accolo.com/wp-includes/js/tinymce/plugins/wordpress/img/trans.gif Read More…

  • Video Interviewing for a Better Candidate Experience

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    For most companies, the interview is the gold standard for determining if a candidate is going to work out as an employee or if they just aren’t cut out for the job. Yes, online questionnaires and personality tests can help to pare down the applicant pool to a more manageable size, but ultimately, it’s the interview that separates the best-fit candidate from all of the rest. That being said, interviewing is quite time consuming. Depending on what company you work for, you and other managers like you might be conducting multiple rounds of interviews on each candidate that makes it to this stage in the application process. Between reviewing resumes, checking references and the actual time spent in the interviewer’s chair, this process can gobble up weeks of your time and drive candidates to their whit’s end. Wouldn’t it be easier if you could still interview people without all the pomp and circumstance? If you’re tired of the headaches associated with the interview process, you might want to try using video chat to do your initial qualification of candidates.  Read More…

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    April 15, 2014
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  • The Pros and Cons of Remote Contractors

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  • Motivation + Autonomy = Productivity

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    What motivates you to go into work in the morning? Is it the people that you work closely with? Is it the professional goals that you’re getting closer to with each passing day? Is it the money? Yeah, it probably has something to do with the money. Work is a fact of life, but with close to 70% of the workforce in the Unites States reporting that they’re either “disengaged” or “actively disengaged” from their job, there is clearly something missing. In order to get the most productivity that you can out of your work, that work has to be aligned with whatever’s motivating you to do it, plain and simple. While the money that your job offers might be critical to surviving, recent research suggests that it isn’t the magic motivational bullet that we once thought it to be. Read More…

  • Apps Won’t Make You More Productive, But They Help!

    April 8, 2014
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    No matter what sort of tools you have, it still has to be you that ultimately uses them. You could have the best lawnmower known to science sitting in your garage, but it isn’t doing you any good unless you’re putting in the time to use it. The same thing goes for technology. You don’t get smarter just from owning a smart phone and you certainly aren’t utilizing your time in the best way possible by surfing the web, no matter what device you’re doing it on. It’s all about how you use the tools at your disposal, not the tools themselves. That being said, there are a whole lot mobile apps out there that you can use to help organize your life and get more productive.With the quantity and quality of productivity apps out there, there’s no reason why you can’t start making technology work for you!  Read More…

  • Need to Boost Your Productivity? They Have an App for That!

    April 8, 2014
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    When it comes to being productive, we need all the help we can get. Besides all of the little tasks that end up demanding our attention during the day, besides all of the things that can go wrong at every step that we take forward, there are still those distractions and inefficiencies that add up to a whole lot less getting done during the day. In today’s highly technology dependent workplace, it can feel like a lot of the programs intended to save us time actually end up doing just the opposite. Whether it’s a clunky bench marking or security platform that your company’s recently adopted or just being stuck with a work computer that runs as fast as a tortoise on a cold morning, these technological time-sinks can end up costing you hours in lost productivity every week. In order to mitigate all of this time that we lose in our working days, one way or the other, we’ve found a few apps that can help to get you more bang for your productivity buck.  Read More…

  • Accolo Jobs This Week- Angie’s List

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    Angie’s List is known for its reliable recommendations on services that everyone needs! Now they are in need of great people to join their company! Take a look at the  job postings and don’t forget to share with your friends and network!

    The “Big Deal” Sales Consultant – Be Angie’s List next Sales SUPERSTAR:

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    Advertising Account Manager- A Fun Loving Sales Rep!

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    Advertising Sales Consultant- Recognition and Awards!
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  • How Can You Be More Productive?

    April 6, 2014
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    No matter how hard you try to be productive, there’s always going to be those frustrating things that end up taking an inordinate amount of time to get done. Technology, for instance, is pretty great at throwing a wrench into an otherwise productive work day. I mean, there’s not much you can do if your computer goes down or is slow beyond belief or has inexplicably become infected with malware never before seen by humankind. At a certain point, you’ve just got to accept that you can only be as productive as fate conspires to let you be. This week on the Accolo blog is all about productivity: why it’s important and how to go about squeezing as much of it as possible into your working life. Read More…