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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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  • How to Spot Bad Management

    October 19, 2012
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    We’ve all had those bosses in our lives that seem to inspire more fear than leadership, more confusion than certainty and (more often than not) a whole lot of extra work. Now think about the best bosses you’ve had. Can you put your finger on the difference between mentor/leader v.s. tyrant/vampire? What exactly are the qualities that distinguish good management from bad or just mediocre management? This article written by Forbes’s Mike Myatt addresses this question in detail, listing the 15 ways to spot a bad apple before your fruit gets mushy. I don’t want to spoil so i’ll just summarize by saying that a good leader is a careful and compassionate sole that understands not only their responsibility to their team, but also their responsibility to facilitate the most fluid and successful workplace possible. Click the link below to get the full scoop on bad bosses.

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  • 8 Ways for Managers to Enhance Their Team’s Work Experience

    October 18, 2012
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    As those of you in management already know, wage incentives aren’t necessarily the final word in increasing worker productivity and performance. People just aren’t that simple. As today’s article from ceo.com says, today’s raise become’s tomorrow’s norm. This effectively means that as a manager, you need to offer more than money to your team in order to foster a sense that they’re doing this job every day for more than just the money: they’re doing it because they like their jobs. It can be as simple as cluing them in on the significance of the work that they’re doing or allowing more room for input and creativity in the workplace. The article goes into greater detail about how to cultivate a better work experience and is a good, back to basics reminder of what really goes into management.

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  • Adaptation Over Innovation

    October 16, 2012
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    So you’ve got an idea for a revolutionary product that’ll make consumers forget they ever had a monthly budget and you just expect to sail on that to retirement? Maybe in the days when microwave popcorn was still hot, but not in this modern climate. A new article from Fast Company has espoused the importance of adaptability coupled with innovation, a necessary combination for the modern inventor. In order for a new product from your brand or a new brand all together to survive, there must be a constant drive for differentiation from all of the imitators that will surely follow in your footsteps. Look at Tivo. They were the first to offer the option to pause live TV, record, whatever. Fast forward 10 years and they’ve been left in the dust by the myriad of DVR options that followed in their wake. So what does it mean? As the FM article says, it isn’t about who gets there first anymore, it’s about who can weather the competition and emerge with the superior, enduring product in the end. To read this interesting article, click the link below.

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  • Jump in Retail Points to Accelerated Economic Growth

    October 15, 2012
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    Retail sales jumped up several percentage points in September, a figure that (initially at least) points to increased economic growth. This combined with the falling unemployment rate, 7.8 percent in September, suggests a potential increase in the rate at which the U.S. is climbing out of the Great Recession. What complicates the growth is an increase in prices of retail items in the past month. As you’ve all probably noticed, food prices have risen due to drought in the U.S. and gas prices have shot up yet again because of… well, because of a slew of reasons from global recession to hurricanes. This inflation of prices has also inflated the otherwise sunny retail growth statistic, but as with all things, one should always look to the silver lining. When it comes down to it, growth is growth, no matter how small. To read the full article from Reuters, click the link below.

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  • Author of “Rich Dad Poor Dad” Files for Bankruptcy

    October 12, 2012
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    As it’s Friday afternoon and all, I thought that some nice topical irony would be just the thing for today’s post. You all remember “Rich Dad Poor Dad” right? For those of you who haven’t heard, it’s author Robert Kiyosaki (and Donald Trump) espoused that it was one of the greatest “how get rich quick” books to ever get its author super super rich. But as with Oedipus and Icarus, this business and book mogul had a fatal flaw that has lead to his downfall. As of Thursday, the once prosperous author is filing for corporate bankruptcy for a company already millions in debt. If he’s been able to hear himself talk for all these years the proof is definitely missing in the business management pudding. To read the full article and see an entertaining news clip, click the link below. Oh yeah, and Happy Friday everyone!

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  • Spread Too Thin

    October 5, 2012
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    One of the best things about social media is that it’s pretty much free advertising for your business. But as with all instances of free lunch or 3 wishes, the catch is in the logistics. Maintaining cohesive brand identity in this rapidly expanding new marketing frontier requires constant vigilance and consistent promotion as to not be mis-represented or buried beneath more active social campaigns. One of the largest mistakes that can be made with social is spreading yourself too thin. As new article from the PeRceptions says, there’s no need to jump headlong into every site you come across. The most important thing too keep in mind with social is who your target audience is. It’s important to aim toward a specific market rather than expanding outward in all directions and leave your brand diluted and hard to manage. Click the link below to get the full scoop on getting the most out of social media.

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  • “Reshoring” of Manufactuing Jobs: Good Signs for the US

    October 2, 2012
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    In these uncertain economic times, business owners (small and massive) are doing everything that they can to minimize costs and streamline their business model. Nothing new? Think again! Where just a few years ago streamlining operations meant outsourcing overseas, increasingly more US based companies are turning to domestic manufacturers to avoid the logistical hassle of international business. The emerging trend has been referred to as “reshoring” by economists and is a good sign that there will be an increase in manufacturing positions in the US. Those employers who are choosing to reshore say that it is primarily because of the overall hassle as well as large unforeseen costs associated with their contracts with Chinese and Indian manufacturers. Besides the increase in wages for Chinese factory workers, complications such as ransom-like “fees” to continue production or consistently sub-par specialty parts make the once golden goose of cutting costs just another squawking fowl in wide wide world market. To read the full Boston Tribune article, click the big button below.

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  • What You May Not Know About Big Data

    September 26, 2012
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    Chances are that if you’re in business, you’ve been hearing the term “Big Data” being thrown around with other phrases like “the future” or “crazy-awesome-giant-scary.” But what exactly is Big Data? Is it bigger than a bread box? Is it in your computer or just in your head? Big Data is, well, big. Big like Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus all rolled into one big, because that’s precisely what makes up most of it. According to this Autonomy info-graphic, 90% of useful consumer data is unstructured or “human information.” This means the entirety of the human race’s online presence. The rest of the data is “structured”, all the information kept on private databases. To get a great overview of the potential of the data industry and where it’s going, click the link below to see Infomart’s informative info-graphic.

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  • Big Data And the Hiring of Tomorrow

    September 24, 2012
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    In our technology driven present day, automation has lost some of the stigma that it once bore to the general public. Nobody thinks twice when they see an automatic toll booth or an ATM about the people that could have done this job and the whole “machines rising” thing is so Y2K. What has seemed alienating to some is the new trend of leaving a company’s hiring to be carried out by an algorithmic assessment of seemingly irrelevant personality tests. According to the Yahoo! Finance article below, Xerox has traded in hiring manager instinct for basic data analysis, the determining factors of which are often commute time or level of empathy. This practice can be a little sticky due to the potential for unintentional discrimination. Internationally, companies have been throwing ever more funds and time into a technology based solution to the hiring problem. At Accolo, we believe that the way to make a better hire does lie in technological improvements, but that the human element should never be entirely removed. As always, the answer lies somewhere in the middle of the two extremes.

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  • Job Seekers Shown to Prefer Employers With Good Business Ethics

    September 21, 2012
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    A new study from Corporate Responsibility Magazine has found that job seekers will, in most cases, continue their job search rather than accept employment from a company with a reputation for poor business ethics. In today’s uncertain business climate, employees are looking on the the future more and more, considering the implications of today’s work on tomorrow’s new job opportunity. Job seekers don’t want to tarnish their own personal brand by working with these morally dubious firms and prefer to work for companies that take a more active role in society than seeking only to maximize profit. In fact, the article reveals that 90% of employees would consider leaving their current job for a company with an better business reputation.

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