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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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  • 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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  • 13 Examples of Extreme HR Practices

    August 27, 2012
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    Marketing departments are known for thinking outside the box, sales teams have perfected the perfect pitch, why can’t HR departments have just as much fun being innovative with their hiring? Dr. John Sullivan in part 2 of 13 More Bold and Outrageous HR Practices That May Indicate Your Approach is Too Conservative looks at 13 different companies stretching the bounds of recruiting to hire and maintain their top talent. Not all of them may be for you, but it certainly makes you reevaluate what “bold” really means.

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  • Chocolatiers for 100 Years: The Hidden Lives of the Tootsie Roll Millionaires

    August 24, 2012
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    This investigative report into the ancient and reclusive Tootsie Roll Industries reveals just how shut off they are from the public eye. From the origins of the forever overlooked tootsie roll to their current secretive business practices, all is revealed. It’s a fun Friday read, hope you enjoy!

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  • The Inefficient Open Office

    August 23, 2012
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    While an open plan office can lead to an easier flow of ideas and collaboration between co-workers, a new study suggests that the resulting noise of these interactions can actually reduce productivity. The alternative of neck-high cubicles like in the beginning of The Matrix, while not appealing, at least offered a little more privacy than the open model. This complaint of reduced privacy, according to a Time Magazine article, as well as several others is actually driving employees away from the free flow of ideas. Read on to get a full report on the open office plan from Time Magazine.

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  • Facebook: Hiring Tool or Profiling Liability?

    August 22, 2012
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    For recruiters, one of the biggest challenges in finding the right candidate is picking one who is a probable fit for your client’s office culture. Sure they might seem outwardly cheery and qualified, but how can you know for certain that aren’t an anti-social jerk hiding under a guise of professionalism? Facebook, Linkedin and other social networks can be a good way to gain a little more background on a candidate, or at least what they do in their free time. But how much can you really learn about a person from social media? This article from the University of New South Wales reveals that there are just as many potential pitfalls as advantages when it comes to using social networks as a recruiting tool. Read the full article to see how to gain as much as you can from Facebook while avoiding un-truths and possible illegal actions.

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