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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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  • Forming Connections That Matter on LinkedIn

    November 29, 2012
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    LinkedIn is one of the most important social networking tools to emerge for businesses in the past few years. I’m sure that all of you (our readers) are familiar with the platform, especially because of the ways in which Accolo uses the site to find good candidates. Networking is clearly the strength of sites like LinkedIn and Facebook, but how then should one approach promoting their brand and company in this context? Today’s article from Australia’s Corporate Zest discusses the ways in which to promote your company’s interests to other LinkedIn users. Basically, the key is the cultivation of strong business to business relationships and business to bloggers/press through good old fashioned salesmanship. Think of it like the world’s largest cocktail party, the key is getting noticed and remembered, to build relationships with other users that will ultimately translate into real business relationships. Thus, being a spammy on these sites will get just as far as talking some poor stranger’s head off about your product and team. As this article says, the key is lasting relationships and the best tool for the job is LinkedIn. To see the 5 ways to best utilize your social network platforms, click the link below.

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  • Big Money in Miami: Housing Boom From Russian Billionaires

    November 28, 2012
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    I bet a lot of you out there have had a Scarface type fantasy at least once in your life. The money, the power, the mansions, the tiger: everything you could want. Yep, besides the whole dying thing and the weird thing with his sister, the guy had it all. Miami has always had this air of extravagance around it, and it still hovers in lavish hotel lobbies and the private islands like coconuts hang from the palms. Today, the once floundering way-too-gigantic mansion market is picking up again in this swarthy city and the buyers are foreign, primarily from Russia and South America. The Russians love Miami for the weather (obviously beats the winter back home), the culture and the privacy. According to this CNBC article, these Russian millionaires are “paranoid” about security and find solace in the city’s abundance of gated communities and security services. Undoubtedly, moving mansions is a tough sell (20+million is a lot to drop on anything) and the fact that hundreds of millions of dollars worth of property has been sold this year by just the company featured in this article is comforting. The idea of a Tuscon-esque villa on a private island without an eccentric accented man in some manor of sweat suit is like PB with out the J. To learn more about Miami’s massive mansion market, click the link below.

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  • Joking: I’m Not Joking, the Key to a Higher Salary

    November 26, 2012
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    Many advise applicants to steer clear of the “salary discussion” until their prospective employer has brought it up first. “Keep that stuff at an arm’s length or maybe several arms” they say, but they are woefully wrong. While the timid of this world have convinced you that the meek shall inherit the raise, hard social science begs to differ. According to this article from CNN Money, making jokes about desiring an exorbitant salary gives you an advantage in salary negotiations. In the study, a hypothetical applicant makes a joke about wanting a one million dollar salary and receives a higher initial salary than the vanilla job candidate across the board. The theory is that the employer’s fixation on this higher value will actually drive up the salary that they offer you. From what I’ve been reading lately, it seems as if standing out is gaining more and more importance in this crowded world of ours. The bottom line is that making a joke disarms the interviewer and brings things to a more personal level. Don’t get too chummy (NO DEAD BABY JOKES) but keep in mind that a cheerful disposition will set you apart from the morose candidate every time. To read the full article and see how to boost your starting salary, click the link below.

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  • A Call to Action for American Employers

    November 15, 2012
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    Wednesday: hump day. For today’s half way there addition of the Accolo blog, we have a lovely op ed from CNN Money from one Nina Easton. It addresses the employment gap that exists today in the US labor market. Right now, there are millions of specialized jobs that go unfilled due to a shortage of applicants with the right skill set for the job. In short, there are many whiling and few able to get the job done. EVERYONE FREAK OUT! Just kidding. As Easton’s piece suggests, the answer to this shortage of skilled workers lies in more worker training by businesses. The article elaborates on why companies should shell out the money for training much more inspiring fashion so i’ll just put the ol’ computer down and leave you to it.

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  • Bridging the Hiring Gap: What has Made It and How Do We Fix It?

    November 13, 2012
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    As a soon-to-be college graduate, I encounter a broad and phenomenal anxiety in my peers whenever the conversations turns to what exactly is going to happen when we all eventually enter the real world. There is a sense of hopelessness among some, anger with others or a tired resignation that is both visible in demeanor and pronounced in speech. So what’s going on? What has young people crippled with this fear of failing to launch? Robert Goldfarb (author of today’s New York Times article) says that the pessimism is a result of a hiring gap that exists in the American job market. He interviewed both CEOs and students to ascertain what newly educated job seekers and captains of industry could agree on. Unfortunately not much as it turns out. Read on to see which skills the bosses are looking for in today’s economy and why a broad education is looked at differently now than 10 years ago.

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  • Us Trade Deficit Drops to Lowest Point in 2 Years

    November 8, 2012
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    Good news everyone! The United States trade deficit, our nation’s ever lingering bad dinner guest, has slimmed dramatically more than expected to a mere 41.5 Billion dollars. While it is unfortunate that this is the trade deficit and not the nastier one that starts with a 16 and ends with a trillion, it’s still good news. The main reason that I think this is cool is because the decrease is directly related to the US’s highest ever quarter for exports. It also has to do in large part with Americans buying American and relying less heavily on foreign goods. So what have we been selling? I definitely have got to give it up to the commercial aircraft, the farm equiptment and the heavy machinery producers. Most economists are wary of predicting any continued growth in this accelerated pattern, citing irregularities such as the jump in cost of soy beans due to the drought. Whatever the case, lets say USA USA for today and celebrate the shrinking trade deficit.

  • China Shows Signs of Slowing in Mad Rush to Development & Infrastructure

    November 7, 2012
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    China has been the global manufacturing powerhouse of the last decade. While historically the country has been primarily focused on exports, the 2000′s ushered in a new age of domestic investment and infrastructural development. From dams that offset the rotation of the earth to empty cities (built complete with housing and shopping malls), the Chinese development engine has made the world take notice of the burgeoning super power. Their seemingly implacable steps forward seem to be catching on quality of life issues raised by the Chinese public. This new York Times article describes an angry protest of a new copper smelting factory that the community welcomed just four years previously. The sudden shift in public mindset suggests the pervasiveness of the so called “build-at-all-costs” mindset of Chinese industry and the public’s resistance to useless infrastructure and environmental degradation. The article also innumerates the ways in which over development is hurting the Chinese economy. To read the full article click the link below:

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  • National Employment Stats for October

    November 2, 2012
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    With the spookiest month of the year behind us and the election just around the corner, it seems high time for some of the most anticipated statistics of all time. The national unemployment rate…..(drum roll please)…….. increased by one tenth of one percent to 7.9% and 171,000 jobs were added. This statistic will no doubt be pushed and pummeled by every pundit under the sun to appear an advantage to both sides in the upcoming election. While it’s true that hundreds of thousands of newly unemployed Americans is undoubtedly a bad thing, it’s important to look at the situation objectively. Yes the role of president means that you’re the biggest cheese and that you have a responsibility to do your best for your country, but this doesn’t mean that any person who takes the office will be able to magically solve our economic problems. Economic policy and the market in general is complicated but translates to very blunt, tangible realities in millions of American families. Realities such as year long stretches of unemployment, putting your education on hold or even deciding not to open up a food truck with some of your friends. It’s important to remember that no politician will ever have more of an effect on the economy than the hard work and innovation of the American worker. At Accolo, we believe that one of the best ways to get this country on track is to utilize one of the largest potential employee pools in recent history and get this country working again.

  • Hiring and Productivity up, Unemployment Claims Down

    November 1, 2012
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    Well Happy Not-Halloween Everyone! After all the ghoulish excitement last night you probably don’t even want to get an employment/economic recovery summary for October. What’s that? Oh you do! I knew you’d want to know! So anyways, things are looking up. The private sector added 144,000 jobs, the manufacturing sector added 14,000 and there has been 9000 less first time unemployment claims made this month. This could change however due to the destructive nature of Hurricane Sandy. Productivity on a worker per-worker basis also rose 1.9 percent in October. According to analysts at NBC news, this means that some industries may not hire as heavily, as they will want to maximize the productive capacity of their current employees before scaling up their staffs. Over all, it’s all good and one can only hope that next month’s figures reflect progress as well. To read the full CNBC article, click the link below

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  • Beerware, AB Inbev Continues to Gobble Beloved Beverages

    October 30, 2012
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    Those of you that drink Budweiser probably know that the company was absorbed by AB Inbev in a 52 Billion buyout. Many consumers like Brian Rinfret, the avid Becks drinker interviewed in the Bloomberg Businessweek article, say they taste a difference in their favorite brands after they’ve been gulped down by AB Inbev. Sales are down in the United States but their profits continue to climb. Can messing with the recipe be a successful business model? Apparently so. And this company is still seeking acquisitions of other Iconic brands, most famously, Pepsi Co. The man behind this fizzy drinks conglomerate: Carlos Brito, the enigmatic brazilian CEO bent on beverage domination. Read the full article “The Plot to Destroy America’s Beer” to get the scoop.

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