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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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  • John Younger Talks About the Future of Electric Cars in the Marin IJ

    August 22, 2012
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    John Younger, President and CEO of Accolo Inc, was quoted in yesterday’s issue of the Marin Independent Journal on the subject of the newest electric cars from Tesla Motors. Younger discussed his excitement to use his personal solar panel system to charge the company’s new electric sedan as well as what this newest model means for the future of electric cars.

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  • How to Reject a Candidate with Compassion

    August 21, 2012
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    So you interviewed the most charming, qualified candidate who had that everything-I’ve-been-looking-for kind of vibe about them last week, only to find a somehow-even-more-amazing fit come Monday. The way that you break the news to Mr/Ms almost-perfect is important. In the hiring business, the credo “it’s nice to be nice” can be overlooked as commonly as a candidate who picks their nose all the way through an interview. Both recruiters and those that are actually doing the hiring should bare in mind that while Mr/Ms almost-perfect is well, you know, they may be just the person you’re looking for in the future. It is of the utmost importance not to alienate candidates that come into contact with your company with poor communication. This article from About.com’s human resource page details the ways in which you can break the bad news courteously and even has several sample rejection letters for you to peruse.

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  • Accolo Achieves Inc. 500/5000 for the 4th Time

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    Another year of growth for Accolo is once again recognized by one of the most prestigious financial magazines in the United States.

    Larkspur, CA – August 20, 2012

    Accolo, Inc. has been awarded Inc. Magazine’s 5000 fastest growing companies for 2012. This is the fourth year that Accolo has had the honor of being included in this prestigious list of companies which has included famous brands such as Levi Strauss, Facebook, Jamba Juice, Microsoft, Under Armor and many other companies that have become household names. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs.

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  • Auto Industry Desperate to Hire Engineers

    August 16, 2012
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    Michigan based car companies, such as Chrysler and General Motors, have undoubtedly taken a lot of hits from the various economic downturns over the past few years. From massive layoffs to government bail outs, things haven’t seemed too hopeful for the U.S. Auto Industry for quite some time. Another complication that has arisen, according to Bloomberg Business, is a lack of auto engineers. Even by upping the median wage and recruiting specialized engineers directly after college, there is still a huge demand for specialists that will not soon be filled. Read on to get the full scoop on this latest challenge for Detroit’s car companies.

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  • A New Evaluation of the Gender Wage Gap

    August 15, 2012
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    Though the glass ceiling of the previous century is still holding over in certain professions, recently compiled studies suggest that the pay gap between men and women in the workplace has more to do with cultural and familial trends, rather than unfair employment practices. This is not to say that there is no wage discrepancy, there certainly is, but that new research suggests that discrimination is not the largest factor in this inequality. This article from Bloomberg.com details the ways in which the statistics point towards a workplace that is more equal than what a cursory look at the overall discrepancy in wages would suggest.

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  • What You May Not Know Your Recruiter is Doing

    August 14, 2012
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    What makes a great recruiter? Well for one thing, a great recruiter stands out from the crowd in much the same way that a great candidate stands out from the crowd. A great recruiter makes sure that they are not brushed off by the candidates that they’re after, and in this marketplace, differentiation from competitors is everything. In order to differentiate, one must understand the practices and mistakes of the underwhelming majority and rise above those traits to true professional greatness. This abridged webinar gives slides detailing the tiresome practices of average recruiters and how to avoid loosing good candidates to such mistakes.

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  • Rethinking Job Titles to Attract Superheros

    August 13, 2012
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    Let me ask you this: would you rather apply to be a “nighttime gas station clerk” or a “nocturnal petroleum ninja”? We at Accolo believe that attracting the right candidates for a job is all about the way you communicate with them-we even suggest writing your job descriptions like love letters. If you don’t believe us, look at Apple (and I know we all look to Apple for a little advice). Apple has coined the term “genius” and has attracted thousands of applicants to work their genius bar. Who wouldn’t want to be considered a genius anyway? Other top titles include: Jedi, Ninja and Rockstar. Read Dr. John Sullivan full article article for ere.net about how Exciting Job Titles Can Be Powerful Recruiting and Retention Tools.

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  • How to Hire for Cultural Compatibility

    August 8, 2012
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    Finding a perfect fit in a potential employee is a lot more than picking the best resume out of the stack and checking to see if they know how to dress well on interview day. Arguably one of the most important aspects in a hire is to gauge how well that person will fit into your company’s culture. But how does one go about learning how a stranger will fit in? Do you force them to meet everyone in the office speed dating style? Have an induction ritual in the parking lot complete with torches, masks and chanting? Consult the office psychic? Have a Battle Royal?

    Maybe not. According to Jim Roddy, the best possible way to see how someone will fit in is to see how they’ve reacted to adverse office cultures in the past. Read on to get a detailed interviewing guide.

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  • Industry Struggles to Fill Jobs

    August 7, 2012
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    Even with the unemployment rate hovering around 8.3 percent, there are still industries with thousands of open positions that people are unable or unwilling to fill. Take the American commercial trucking industry. Open job postings around the country stay unfilled for months due to a lack of candidates. Many who would take the job are put off by the high cost of a commercial driving licence while the ones who could take the job are overlooked by poorly directed recruiting. What this means is that these businesses are looking to small pools of potential employees while much larger groups exist elsewhere in the country. At Accolo, we utilize a combination of our network of experienced recruiters as well as our Cloud Recruiting software to gaps like this between qualified candidates and employers. Read on to see the Wanted Analytics report on this trend.

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  • Good News for Hiring: 163,000 Jobs Added in July

    August 6, 2012
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    According to the Unites States Bureau of Labor Statistics, 163,000 jobs were added to the private sector in July. Though this undoubtedly good news, the sudden surge in hiring near the end of July was not enough to offset the unemployment rate significantly. We at Accolo want to stress that there are jobs out there and that the United States’s high rate of unemployment is due, in part, to a hiring problem, that is a failure of communication and networking between companies and prospective workers. Our company has set a goal of filling one million positions in 2013 and economic growth like that in this past month is a heartening sign for the completion of this goal. The link below is an article in the Wall Street Journal and details more specifically the state of hiring and the economy in general.

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