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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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  • Big Data Nails Complex Attributes of Successful Employees

    April 22, 2013
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    Big Data, aka the record of everything everyone does, has become integral to companies such as call centers for tracking the characteristics of their best employees. Through analysis of these metrics, the company can save on both time and money by eliminating guesswork and making hiring a process governed more by numbers than subjective methods. According to an article from the New York Times, this new approach to hiring is called “workforce science” and it has already challenged several conceptions on hiring that have held true under conventional wisdom for some time. For instance, workforce science studies have called into doubt the avoidance of candidates who have either switched jobs frequently or been unemployed for some time. Apparently the numbers say that this just not as relevant to work performance and retention as some think it is. Though data analysis is still focused on positions that are easy to quantify, the findings that Big Data are producing may likely become more important than gut feelings on a hire in more and more industries. To read the article from the New York Times, Click the link below.

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  • Breaking the glass ceiling…and getting paid fairly for it

    April 19, 2013
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    Equality is simple in math. It’s defined as two things that are an equal set in relation to one another, marked with one of these things: “=”. For example, on a web design project, 40 hours of work = 40 hours of work. Simple enough, right? The part that doesn’t make sense is when 40 hours of the exact same work = more pay for one person than another. I am speaking of course about the discrepancy in pay that still exists between men and women that hold the same or virtually the same positions.

    Though many factors, such as seniority, can cause a discrepency in pay between two workers of the same job, the fact is that pay discrepancies based on gender is still alive to this day. According to a new government equal pay guide, women in the United States are payed 81 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts, even when controlling for factors such as experience, education and skill sets. This great, straightforward guide details the gender inequities that linger in 2013 as well as the appropriate ways in which to address this problem if you are a woman who believes herself to be being paid unfairly. There is also a guide for employers so that they may be conscious of the issue and get updated on issues of legality and fairness. By this point in history, we all know equality between genders to be the truth. Let us all keep the pay gap in mind and work to make this truth reflected in the paychecks of the women of America.

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  • Get your Free Accolo Hiring Health Checkup

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    Are great employees at the “Heart” of your company? If yes, it may be time for you to consider a “Hiring Health” check up. Accolo is recognized as the #1 Recruitment Process Outsourcing Company for Value Received & Services Capabilities. To celebrate this recognition, we would like to share the hiring intelligence and insights that helped us achieve this prestigious award by providing you this free “Hiring Health” check-up report which will include analysis about your current hiring function, valuable tools and advisement on how to measurably improve your efficiencies.

    More importantly, we would like you to invite you to join us in our goal to make it easier for great candidates and great hiring managers to meet each other, and for you to achieve healthy hiring!

    To receive your complimentary Accolo Hiring Health check up,
    tell us a bit about your company below or call us right now at 1.877.422.2656 x1

  • Truth Over Glamour

    April 18, 2013
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    Representing your company’s culture in the hopes of attracting employees in ways that are vague yet nice-sounding, or just unrealistic, is a tactic that is doomed to failure. Not only will your attempts to artificially flavor the office atmosphere be as easy to sense as a Banana Laffy Taffy, but you may just end up attracting the wrong candidates based on this false image. If your firm has its nose to the grindstone, don’t sugar coat it. Disingenuously representing your company’s spirit and culture is just one of the major pitfalls for your employee brand, according to an article from ERE.net. If job sites represent your company’s attitude falsely, it will just mean more work for you in the long run: spending time and money on people who align with a version of your firm which has no bearing on reality. When promoting your company, you want to give the material as fresh a spin as possible while still remaining faithful to the facts. To read about other employee branding pitfalls to be avoided, click the link below.

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  • Initial Jobless Claims Down 42,000

    April 17, 2013
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    Following the broader trend of a slowly creeping economic recovery, the number of initial unemployment claims dropped by 42,000 to 346,000 last week. This figure is near the national average for first time unemployment claims for the first few months of this year, which signals a labor market that is staying a positive course. Though March’s total jobs added was less than encouraging with 88,000, fewer than half of the monthly average from the past year, these unemployment figures suggest that March’s downturn was a mere irregularity. Continued unemployment claims also fell by 12,000 to 3.08 million. Things could definitely be going more quickly for the economic recovery but we must not take stability for granted. At least the United States is posting positive figures for employment unlike Greece, which has reached record levels of unemployment this week with 25.7% of the population currently out of a job. The take-home message here is that things are actually getting better and we should all be thankful that they aren’t getting worse. To read the Market Watch report on jobless claims, click the link below.

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  • How To Properly Welcome New Employees

    April 16, 2013
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    When “onboarding”, (welcoming a new employee to your staff,) it is of the utmost importance that you make their transition into your company as pleasant and smooth as possible. The first day does not have to be disorienting and there are a few easy ways to make new hires feel as if they’ve been working for you for years. First thing is to roll out the red carpet, figuratively of course, and impress upon the new hire the pride they should feel at being selected for the position. This will encourage a strong professional bond between you from the very beginning. The next point to keep in mind is to not overburden your new hires with a barrage of information. Keep it conversational and don’t try to throw everything in the manual at them before they’ve seen their desk. Today’s source article from ERE.net shows management how to optimize the transition for new hires and themselves. To see the criterion for the smoothest onboarding process possible, click the link below.

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  • The Statistical Benefits of Networking

    April 12, 2013
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    We’ve all heard the classic adage “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Well unless you’re a Hilton heiress, you still need to know how to do your job, but this generalization is true in the importance that it places on business connections. Unless you are an unparalleled genius in your field, chances are that some personal connection to the company that you’re applying to will benefit you. Approaching a position as an unknown is liable to get your resume out of the black hole with all the other candidates that didn’t have an in. According to a new survey from ERE.net, the majority of workers in the US got their current position through some sort of networking. The take home message here is reach out and be active. Utilize both social networks and real live business connections to your advantage because, statistically, your job search will probably go better. To read the full ERE.net article on the advantages of recruiting with source of hire metrics, click the link below.

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  • Recruiting in Flux: New Challenges on The Way

    April 11, 2013
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    Change is the only constant and those who do not adjust to change are operating on conditions that may no longer apply. One of the biggest changes in recruiting and hiring in general is the ever-growing breadth and sophistication of technology. Though the nature of recruiting necessitates a “human touch” in forming connections with talent, the general movement for discovering new hires has been towards data analysis and mining job boards. Today’s source article from ERE.net talks about how technology is both a blessing and a challenge to recruiters, emphasizing that it is merely a condition of the times we live in to be utilized and overcome. The article also mentions a second big shake up to recruiting which is the trend of the expanding temporary workforce, citing studies that say 40% of jobs will be freelance by 2020. While these factors may seem daunting to the future of recruiting, the reality is that they merely complicate the situation. Businesses will always need top talent and in our world that is increasingly saturated with self promotion, recruiters will be needed to separate the wheat from the chaff. To learn strategies of adapting to these changes from the ERE.net article, click the link below.

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  • Big Data = Big Demand For Data Analysts

    April 10, 2013
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    If I told you to name some careers in Science and Mathematics, what would pop into your head first? Chemist? Astronomer? Math Teacher? How about Analysts? Yes, it’s analysts of all kinds that comprise the majority of the most sought-after scientific hires. Sure, we’ve all looked at some graphs before, but not like these guys. In part because of Big Data and the ever expanding field of Bioinformatics, number wizards are needed more than ever before. This means that some specialized data analysts are becoming even harder to find and hire. According to Wanted Analytics, the top 3 most advertised positions in Mathematics and Science are: Operations Analyst, Supply Chain Analyst and Operation Research Analyst. Though it’s anyone’s guess what these job titles denote, the important thing to pay attention to is that demand for these jobs is at a 4 year high and grew 2% in the last 90 days. To find out the easiest city and the hardest city to find Mathematics and Scientific professionals, click the link below.

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  • References: Your Bread and Butter in Recruiting

    April 9, 2013
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    References are one of the most useful tools at the disposal of recruiters today. Unlike comparatively flat descriptions of a candidate’s prowess from a job board, referrals typically give you a better picture of the candidate and statistically lead to a better hire more often than not. While referrals have been used in the past primarily to check that the person that your hiring is not a ticking time bomb, their role has gained more usefulness and added a human assurance to the recruiting process lately. Today’s source article from ERE.net discusses at length when and how recruiters can use references to their advantage.

    One of the simplest ways to get references working for you is to utilize LinkedIn as a reference database and hiring pool. By examining both the endorsements for and endorsements made by a promising candidate, you will be able to gain access to experienced workers who likely have a similar skill set to the one you are looking for. To see the other 7 ways that references can help in your recruiting, click the link below.

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