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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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  • Using Social to Ease Your Recruiting

    September 26, 2013
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    social PhotoIn order to keep up with our fast changing world today, the method more companies are recruit new talent is the Social Network. Forbes’ Magazine Susan Adams interviewed Eric Chandler, a professor of New York University, about helping students bring their profiles to a professional level and lift interest of recruiters at companies. In doing so, Chandler is helping new graduating students and companies find the right person for the right job. From the hiring standpoint, companies are trying to find the right balance of personal interests to job cultures, and social media is helping pave a road to a better understanding of who they are hiring.

    Sara Roncero-Menendez, from Mashable, blogged an article “Job Seekers Recruited via Social More Likely to Be Hired” and wrote about the growing use of social media sites like Linkedin, Facebook, and Twitter to find appropriate hires. The use of social media to hire new employees has been leaping and bounding to greater heights. She continues to state that hires from social recruiting tend to be better employees and stay employed longer. This in turn reduces the costs of the hiring process.

    Understanding this new trend, Accolo has researched the best methods and practices for Social Recruiting. Recently, we were able to present this information in a webinar. Check out Accolo’s Free On-Demand Webinar below to learn more about Social Media Recruiting and how it can help you ease your recruitment process.

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  • How To Keep Your Cool With Charismatic Candidates

    August 28, 2013
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    Appearances can be deceiving. One of the most common situations in which this phrase carries weight is on interview day. We’ve all been there: short staffed, vulnerable, looking for that certain someone who just “gets” what the position is all about. And then, as if it were destiny, in walks that engaged, charismatic guy or gal that seems to just slide through the interview like a fish in a river. Well, the reason that this Mr/Ms Perfect might be acing the interview is because you’re letting them. No matter how badly you need an extra set of hands around, it’s always much better to hire with the head than the heart. Nothing is worse than having to eat your glowing praise of your new hire 6 months down the line when they turn out to be nothing more than a shirker with a sparkle in their eye.

    Using your gut reaction to a candidate can be very useful in determining their fit for your team, but this feeling shouldn’t supersede warning signs like a quick temper or a sporadic work history. According to an article from ERE.net, there are a few things you can do to avoid relying too heavily on instinct for finding the right employee. The first thing you can do is self evaluation. Do you really know that much about hiring or have you just been thrust into the position? If you feel a little lost, seek advice and pay attention. Hiring is an art and a science and not everybody is a born natural. If you feel at the mercy of charming candidates, set up multiple interviews to get some other, less misty-eyed opinions on the candidates. In closing, using your gut can be useful, but we all get indigestion sometimes.

  • Social Media: Your Best Friend or Your Worst Enemy

    August 27, 2013
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    Social media is a powerful marketing tool. No other marketing platform has the capability to market directly to customers in the way that you can with social and no other platform has the same potential for a campaign going viral. This capability for far reaching campaigns is a double edged sword, however. When mismanaged, an unintelligent or inappropriate post can spread like wild fire, forcing the company to go into full on damage control.

    Besides PR disasters, there are some more subtle ways that social marketing can hurt your business. One of the biggest pitfalls for an online presence is if it does not engage users. According to an article from Entrepreneur, your company’s social sites must consistently deliver “entertainment, information and share-worthy content” in order to entice users to interact with your online presence. The article also strongly discouraged the entrusting of your company’s online credibility to an inexperienced intern. Though these sites are free to use, they are some of the most important marketing tools at your disposal, too important for a single new-b who’s skills include “Facebook” and “living my life”. To read “5 Ways Social Media can Destroy Your Business.”

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  • New Essential Steps for College Recruiting

    August 26, 2013
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    Recruiting straight out of college may no longer be a viable option. Companies like Google have started reaching out to potential talent as early as their freshman year. The college recruiting game is changing and if your strategy doesn’t adapt accordingly, you could be left trawling for small fry long after the real fish have been snatched up.

    In a new article by Dr. John Sullivan, internationally known HR strategist, he enumerates the top changes that college recruiters will have to make to their strategies. The most important thing that he stressed was to focus on the data. Research on the job performance of students from various schools and majors to determine where the most best talent can be found. By tracking these metrics, you can spend your time and money on attracting students who are statistically more likely to perform well in the workforce.

    Another key point from the article was about the importance of technology in recruiting Millennial students. By expanding your company’s referral network out to students, TA’s or even professors, you have established a presence on a campus without setting foot there. Also, make sure that every web page that you want young talent to see is mobile friendly. To read “The Top 10 Approaches for Winning the ‘War for College Talent,’” follow the link below.

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  • How to Screen for Toxic Personalities

    August 23, 2013
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    People are always on their best behavior on interview day. While this shows you who’s best behavior is expletives and mustard on the tie, the more insidious personality defects in a new hire can lay dormant for months or even years before bubbling up to the surface like so much sulfurous muck. An employee with a toxic attitude can bring an entire team down, or at least make them all hate coming to work.

    So how can you detect a rotten attitude when the candidate is doing their damnedest to keep a lid on it for once? Well, there are a few warning signs that can clue you in to the fact that someone has trouble working with others. The best way to reveal the beast is to spend a good deal of time on candidates’ employment history. Ask why they left their previous 3-5 jobs and be sure to ask follow up questions. Why did you resign? Why did you think you deserved to keep their scanner? Why do you think all of your managers have been out to get you? If you notice a common thread of extenuating circumstances for leaving their last few jobs or a pattern of “evil managers”, chances are that this person is full of nothing but conflict and excuses. But, then again, they could just be unlucky. Always check a candidate’s reverences. Getting a second, third or fourth opinion on someone is worth the time you save on eliminating a bad hire.

  • Why Multitasking Makes You Less Efficient

    August 20, 2013
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    Though people do have 2 eyes and 2 hands, many find it hard to focus on more than one thing at once. In theory, multitasking means that you are able to divide your attentions between multiple tasks. If this were truly true, then we would expect our output to be multiplied by the number of things that we were trying to do: working on that presentation x emails x Facebook x scraping that gum off your shoe x oh look how beautiful it is outside! See my point? Read More…

  • New Technology Can Tell If You’re Actually Watching Training Videos

    August 16, 2013
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    One of the greatest characteristics that humans possess is their ability to appear to be listening raptly while, in fact, mentally rearranging their fantasy football lineup or sneaking in micro breaks on social networks. No matter how boring the presentation, no matter how pointless the orientation video, there’s the option to let the ol’ eyes glaze over and wait for a better half hour. Unfortunately, one of the other great characteristics of human beings is innovation — for example, the recent innovation of eye-tracking technology that makes sure you are actually watching or reading your company’s orientation material. Read More…

  • The HR/Provider Perception Gap in Healthcare

    August 15, 2013
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    If you’ve been in a hospital recently (hopefully as a visitor), you might have noticed that there exists a rather large range of temperaments in the doctors and nurses. There are the pleasant ones, who project warmth and try to keep everyone in the diagnostic loop, and there are the prickly ones, who will generally give you the “not my job” look if asked too many questions. Though patient satisfaction and comfort is one of the top priorities of the Healthcare Industry, there exists a perception gap between HR and direct care givers concerning the efficacy of their organization’s priorities and policies that are intended to contribute to a better quality of care. Read More…

  • Job Boards in Need of a Makeover

    August 14, 2013
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    Though job boards are not as “dead” as many have been claiming, their state of affairs is a far cry from the heyday of the early 2000′s. Social Media is seen as the next step in recruiting and hiring in general, and the paving-over of the antiquated form of job boards as natural as development on a vacant lot. People holding this view, however, forget that much (if not all) of the success of social media platforms and aggregators is predicated on content that is generally from the job boards that they claim are a thing of the past. In an article by Matt Charney from ERE.net, he discusses the importance and continued relevance of the job board for precisely the reason that “content is king”. Charney argues in the article that nothing really differentiates social job sites (like LinkedIn) from traditional job boards besides a superior branding strategy. To read the full article, click the link below.

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  • The Effects of Power on the Human Mind

    August 13, 2013
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    They say that absolute power corrupts absolutely, but does a little bit of power corrupt just a little bit? Well, if we broaden our definition of corruption to include a souring of one’s formerly glowing personality, then yes. A new study from Sukhvinder Obhi, a Canadian neuroscientist, has shown a direct chemical link between feelings of power and a decrease in empathy. In the experiments, the test subjects were asked to either write diary entries about when they felt powerful or when they felt powerless. Read More…