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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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  • 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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  • Zappo’s CEO Admits We’re All A Little Weird

    September 21, 2012
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    You’ve attracted quality talent from your job listings, have conducted pre-screening questions and have interviews scheduled-now what? Time to prepare the questions, but what kinds of questions. Job seekers are well familiar with the quirky questions Google comes up with, should you compete? Should you stay traditional? You’re now faced with some big decisions.

    Zappo’s CEO, Tony Hsieh admits that everyone is all a little weird and we must celebrate individuality. Jenny Rhoten of the ere.com weighs in contributing her most frequent questions during the hiring process that shocks candidates and leaves her feeling confident she learned some valuable information.

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  • Large Surge in Applicants for First Time Unemployment

    September 20, 2012
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    August’s decline in unemployment from 8.3% to 8.1% hasn’t been widely received as good news. Apparently, much of the drop is due to hundreds of thousands of people, particularly people between the ages of 16-24, dropping out of the work force. Furthermore, 382,000 people filed for first time unemployment last week, a sharply higher figure than anticipated by the labor department. Many speculate that the surge in the newly unemployed may have to do with tropical storm Isaac. What does this all mean? It means that now more than ever, there is a massive pool of qualified and professional people who’s only fault is bad luck. Next time you need to fill some positions, try Accolo Cloud Recruiting. The growth of the applicant pool means a larger statistical advantage for those employers who want the best that this country can offer. You can read the full article on the jump on unemployment below.

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  • Accolo’s CEO Responds to Ranking as RPO Leader

    September 19, 2012
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    HRO Today Magazine recently announced the results of their annual Baker’s Dozen survey ranking Accolo as a market leader in RPO and our CEO, John Younger, could not be more excited about the news. “This is fantastic news,” said John Younger, President and CEO of Accolo Inc. “It is truly an honor to be recognized for all of our hard work. I’m especially proud of our placing in the Baker’s Dozen for the fifth straight year, because hiring manager satisfaction is such a large focus for our entire company.

    As a company that has undergone tremendous growth and under constant development we couldn’t be more thankful for all of you that participated in this years HRO Baker’s Dozen survey and ranking us as an RPO leader.

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  • Hacker Headache: How to Keep Your WordPress Account Secure

    September 18, 2012
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    Chances are that you don’t have the same locks on your car as you do for your house, but what about the passwords on your email and LinkedIn or Facebook? If you haven’t heard about it yet, last month a Gizmodo employee named Mathew Honan was hacked in a big way. Through hacking into Honan’s iCloud account, the perpetrator was able to access all of Honan’s password protected sites(twitter, email ect.) as well as remote wiping his iphone, ipad and laptop. As someone who has used the same password on anything that’s required one since the 10th grade, this horror story showed me that it was time to hang up my “hotstuff123″ hat, so to speak. If you have a WordPress website like us here at Accolo, make sure that you read this quick security guide to make sure that the rug isn’t pulled out from under you.

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  • Putting Bad Marks on Your Own Permanent Record: How Your Online Presence Effects Your Standing in the Workplace

    September 17, 2012
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    It can be hard to take things back. Once words leave your lips or are spelled out on a page, you are adding to your personal brand or, if you’re representing your employer, your company’s brand. Many of us have learned to hold our tongues in the office, in line at the bagel shop and even during heated Thanksgiving arguments about the potato salad that are definitely not about the potato salad. What about online? Have you ever been a little too flippant in a Facebook thread or status post? Have you tweeted every bowel movement you’ve had since 2010?

    What about an employee’s online presence is available to their employer? Most of it. For people like me, who were on Facebook when they still had braces, the uncouth things that I’ve said online are still floating around somewhere, still available for a quick Google search. Basically, anything that’s not password protected is fair game, from the groups your affiliated with to anything you’ve said in what you thought was your private online life. To find out what’s fair game for evaluating an employee’s online presence, click the link below to read the full Forbes article.

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  • 201,000 Private Sector Jobs in August

    September 11, 2012
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    Good news on the job front. Automatic Data Processing reported that private sector employers added 201,000 jobs last month, which for a nation that hasn’t produced over 200,000 jobs since February, is very promising. What does this all mean, and could it effect the election? Author Don Lee of the Chicago Tribune shares his insight and report on these recent job updates.

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  • Hard Times for Job Seekers: Employer Stigma Against the Unemployed

    September 4, 2012
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    Unemployment in the United States is uncontroversial. Sure there is a huge amount of controversy surrounding who is to blame for the 8.3% unemployment rate and even greater contention on what should be done to remedy the problem, but there isn’t exactly more than one school of thought on unemployment its self. It’s no good. Bad. Hulk Smash Unemployment. With the discourse of the political arena veering ever closer to outright Populism, nobody (and I mean nobody) wants to be seen as a major contributor to this problem that so many have postured as one of those “this is what’s wrong with our country” issues. People blame foreign outsourcing, immigrant labor, LIBOR, Wall Street, The Government, Corporations, Democrats, Republicans, Taxes, Tariffs, the global economy and just about anything that isn’t connected to whoever is currently pointing their finger.

    However, a large factor in why the unemployment rate remains so high is a lot more simple than exchange rate manipulation. New research out of UCLA suggests that there is a high level of stigma against the unemployed from employers. In the study, a series of nearly identical resumes were scored by dozens hiring professionals. The detail that made the series “nearly identical” was that half of the candidates were “currently employed” and the other half were “had been out of work for a month”. Can you guess which group scored higher for “competence and hireability” across the board? Yep, it was the “currently employed” demographic. Here at Accolo, we are committed to finding our clients the best possible candidates no matter what their current employment status is. This article from the Huffington Post details the broader results of the study as well as potential government action against discrimination toward the unemployed.

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  • Mixed Forecast for Economic Growth

    August 30, 2012
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    Though the US and Global economies are still very much in the doldrums of a creeping post-recession come back, there have been a few nice surprises of late. According to Boomberg Business news, the economy grew faster than anticipated in the second quarter. These gains were mostly reported to be in consumer spending, a statistic that could very well be negatively effected as the global economy continues to slow and domestic gasoline prices rise. Read the full article to get the story on how this growth came to be and the the factors that may cause growth to halt once more.

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  • A Blog in Your Blog so you can Blog While you Blog

    August 29, 2012
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    As the title would suggest, today’s blurb from Accolo is decidedly Meta, that’s right we’re blogging about blogging about blogs. Inceptionesque? Totally. Useless? Far from it. Not only can a blog help to promote your company’s message and products but, as this article explains, blogging about anything (even blogging) helps to increase web traffic. Read on to see the plethora of benefits that your company can get out of creating and consistently updating your own blog.

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