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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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  • Spread Too Thin

    October 5, 2012
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    One of the best things about social media is that it’s pretty much free advertising for your business. But as with all instances of free lunch or 3 wishes, the catch is in the logistics. Maintaining cohesive brand identity in this rapidly expanding new marketing frontier requires constant vigilance and consistent promotion as to not be mis-represented or buried beneath more active social campaigns. One of the largest mistakes that can be made with social is spreading yourself too thin. As new article from the PeRceptions says, there’s no need to jump headlong into every site you come across. The most important thing too keep in mind with social is who your target audience is. It’s important to aim toward a specific market rather than expanding outward in all directions and leave your brand diluted and hard to manage. Click the link below to get the full scoop on getting the most out of social media.

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  • “Reshoring” of Manufactuing Jobs: Good Signs for the US

    October 2, 2012
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    In these uncertain economic times, business owners (small and massive) are doing everything that they can to minimize costs and streamline their business model. Nothing new? Think again! Where just a few years ago streamlining operations meant outsourcing overseas, increasingly more US based companies are turning to domestic manufacturers to avoid the logistical hassle of international business. The emerging trend has been referred to as “reshoring” by economists and is a good sign that there will be an increase in manufacturing positions in the US. Those employers who are choosing to reshore say that it is primarily because of the overall hassle as well as large unforeseen costs associated with their contracts with Chinese and Indian manufacturers. Besides the increase in wages for Chinese factory workers, complications such as ransom-like “fees” to continue production or consistently sub-par specialty parts make the once golden goose of cutting costs just another squawking fowl in wide wide world market. To read the full Boston Tribune article, click the big button below.

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  • What You May Not Know About Big Data

    September 26, 2012
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    Chances are that if you’re in business, you’ve been hearing the term “Big Data” being thrown around with other phrases like “the future” or “crazy-awesome-giant-scary.” But what exactly is Big Data? Is it bigger than a bread box? Is it in your computer or just in your head? Big Data is, well, big. Big like Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus all rolled into one big, because that’s precisely what makes up most of it. According to this Autonomy info-graphic, 90% of useful consumer data is unstructured or “human information.” This means the entirety of the human race’s online presence. The rest of the data is “structured”, all the information kept on private databases. To get a great overview of the potential of the data industry and where it’s going, click the link below to see Infomart’s informative info-graphic.

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  • Big Data And the Hiring of Tomorrow

    September 24, 2012
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    In our technology driven present day, automation has lost some of the stigma that it once bore to the general public. Nobody thinks twice when they see an automatic toll booth or an ATM about the people that could have done this job and the whole “machines rising” thing is so Y2K. What has seemed alienating to some is the new trend of leaving a company’s hiring to be carried out by an algorithmic assessment of seemingly irrelevant personality tests. According to the Yahoo! Finance article below, Xerox has traded in hiring manager instinct for basic data analysis, the determining factors of which are often commute time or level of empathy. This practice can be a little sticky due to the potential for unintentional discrimination. Internationally, companies have been throwing ever more funds and time into a technology based solution to the hiring problem. At Accolo, we believe that the way to make a better hire does lie in technological improvements, but that the human element should never be entirely removed. As always, the answer lies somewhere in the middle of the two extremes.

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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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