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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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  • 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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  • Bangalore to Atlanta: Outsourcing to the United States

    October 29, 2012
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    With the world market in flux as it is, many companies are finally starting to see the United States for the talent pool that it is. This article from Bloomberg follows the story of a Company based in Bangalore, India that is outsourcing to the fair city of Atlanta, Georgia. Cases like this as well as the continuing trend of Re-Shoring (or companies choosing to outsource domestically) are undoubtedly good signs of economic growth as well as the obviously good news of Americans finding ways to get back to work. At Accolo, we think that the right talent for virtually any position is out there, right now, and the only reason you haven’t found them yet has to do with a communication problem. The world is rapidly becoming less about boarders and more about the connections and roots that companies put down at home and abroad. Maybe I’m just an optimist, but when I see stories of companies taking an interest like this in the US job pool, it gives me hope for the future. To read the full Bloomberg article, click the link below.

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  • The Concrete Difference in Superior Management

    October 23, 2012
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    The word “good” seems like a simple enough modifier. If I say that “I have a good sandwich for sale”, you probably won’t be tempted by a competitor with an adequate, satisfactory or pretentious sandwich. But what then makes my sandwich good and thus, superior to the others? Is it paper thin pastrami? The sprouts and sauerkraut? The team building experience and desire to teach more efficient ways to get the job done? OK, so i’m not actually talking about a Reuben, unless it’s a manager named Reuben. Silliness aside, how does one determine what is so “good” about a good manager?

    A recent working study from researchers at Stanford and The University of Utah have found that attaching a superior manager to a team is effectively (in terms of output and efficiency) like adding several more workers to that team. The report went on to say that the most important aspect of strong management is that they teach better and more efficient working practices to those under them. Another surprising find from the study was that pairing your best managers with your best workers will generate more output than saddling them with under-performing workers. So what defines “good” in management? Overwhelmingly, a willingness to teach and the drive to get everyone under them doing the best that they can do. To read the Slate article covering the story, click the link below.

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  • Swing State Jobless Rates Could Decide Presidential Race

    October 22, 2012
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    I for one cannot wait until election day. No more endless and useless focus on campaigning, posturing and promise making that always serves to muddy up the crisp October air. Come November, we can all get back to arguing over real issues as opposed to who thinks who’s going to win the world series. Until then, most of the political discussion going on will be about the economy and jobs. Jobs jobs jobs. Perhaps one of the most hot button issues of our time.

    According to an article from NBC’s Economy Watch, the effects of the recession have been felt quite differently throughout different states in our nation. Some have markedly less unemployment while others have born the brunt of all the economic downturn of the past few years. This means that there is a huge discrepancy in the jobless rates of almost all of those sometimes undecided states that are typically called “swing states”. Some, like Virginia and Iowa, are well below the national average (around 5 percent unemployment each) while Nevada comes in at an unfortunate 11.8% unemployment rate. Economic variety like this is sure to make an uncertain election all the more convoluted in the weeks to come. To get the full story and all the unemployment rates for swing states, click the link below:

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  • How to Spot Bad Management

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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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