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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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    A Software Architect is one of those management positions that’s about as difficult to define as it is to fill. While this position might resemble that of a lead software developer, the software architect is much more directly involved in the big picture of the program that’s ultimately being developed. They are the person that takes a statement like this: “We want to design an employee bench mark program that people in HR will love to use. It’s gotta be fast, sleek and, above all, user friendly,” and turn it into a product that ultimately meets these abstract specifications. They are the ones in charge of: planning the overall structure of the code that needs to get written, selecting the right technology to complete the software and evaluating the success of each stage of implementation.  Read More…

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  • Great Technology Is Driven By Great Talent

    March 23, 2014
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    The cutting edge of technology is a funny thing. The more a product is portrayed as sexy and futuristic, the more it ends up looking dated after it is, inevitably, left in the dust by the next big breakthrough. Do you remember when the hottest cell phones on the market had actual buttons on them? Today’s hand held tablets and smart phones do infinitely more than even computers from 15 years ago. You can hardly even call them phones any more! But, like I was saying, the next best thing will always make the old model look like a pile of junk by comparison. I mean, why would you actually touch a screen if you could just wave your hands in front of it instead? Besides the obvious pro of not getting your greasy fingers all over the screen, gesture sensitive interfaces are just plain awesome! Companies specializing in this futuristic stuff are being snatched up left and right by the industry’s heavy hitters like Microsoft and HP, so you can bet that gesture sensitive computers and mobile devices aren’t too far in the future. It’s innovations like these that continue to move the cutting edge forward, and it’s these innovations that are made possible by the top talent in the tech industry. This week on the Accolo blog is all about the workers that continue to drive innovations like gesture sensitive interfaces.  Read More…

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    March 20, 2014
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    Tell me if this sounds familiar: whenever you advertise a job, your inbox ends up bursting at the gills with candidates that only satisfy a few of the essential experience requirements for the position that you’re trying to fill. So what gives? You spent the time creating a compelling, accurate job description that covers the day to day and experience requirements of your job, right? Though you may think that you’ve done an adequate job on your job description, you need to make sure that you’re sending the right sort of message to applicants. You want your job ad to speak to your ideal candidate, the sort of employee that you’d hire on the spot if they came into your office. If your job advertising isn’t aimed toward audience you want to attract, well then it’s really no wonder that you aren’t satisfied with the applicants you’ve been seeing.  Read More…

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