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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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  • 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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  • 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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