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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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    April 2, 2014
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    March 30, 2014
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    If people acted the way that they did in job interviews all the time, then the world would be a better place. Everybody would be well dressed, on time and on their best behavior. The problem is, that’s not the way things work. The reason it’s called “best” behavior is because it stands out from the rest of a person’s actions and demeanor. When you’re interviewing candidates for a position, it can be easy to subconsciously make your decision about who’s getting the job simply based on who was the most charming or who you “liked the best.” This can lead to some nasty shocks later down the line when Mr. or Ms. perfect turns out to have some serious flaws, either personal or professional. That’s why we need hiring best practices, general standards for our interviewing that can help account for some of this human error. This week on the Accolo blog is all about these best practices and how they can help to improve the quality of hire that you make.  Read More…

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