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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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  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Social Marketing

    February 13, 2014
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    This week on the Accolo blog, we’ve been talking about the ways that you can use social networks to help with your hiring, both through creating connections with job seekers that view your online presence and getting your job ads a whole lot more exposure than only job boards can offer. Today, we’re going to be shifting out of the general “how to” kind of stuff into the do’s and don’ts of using social media to your best advantage, both in hiring and for the strength of your company’s brand. The reason that a robust social media presence is important for attracting talent is that it gives you a much stronger employer brand, a place where job seekers can interact and connect with your brand. Trust me when I say that while a well managed social media profile can spell dividends for your company, a poorly managed profile can be useless or even be the source of a full blown PR nightmare.  Read More…

  • How to Hire With Facebook

    February 12, 2014
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    In continuing with this week’s social media theme, today we’re going to be discussing the advantages and drawbacks of using Facebook as a hiring source. Social media has come a long way in the past decade in terms of it’s legitimacy in the business world. Just think, you might have gotten in trouble for browsing Facebook a just a few years ago. Now, you probably have at least one person dedicated to updating and managing your company’s profile! From a time sink for inattentive employees to a career…talk about a total transformation. But enough about Facebook’s history in the workplace. What you really want to know is how to start finding quality candidates through Facebook or improve your existing Facebook recruitment project. Read More…

  • How to Get the Most Out of LinkedIn and LinkedIn Recruiter

    February 11, 2014
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    There’s no such thing as a magic bullet when it comes to your hiring difficulties. Social Recruiting has been marketed as the last thing you’ll ever have to do in the hiring process, but this just isn’t the case. In order to get the best out of your LinkedIn Recruiter subscription, you need to do a whole lot more than just…well, subscribing. For one thing, when trying to attract passive candidates to jump ship and swim on over to the SS Better Job, the most important thing is and always will be the relationship that you build with them. The good news is that, by strategically approaching passives within your employee referral network, the connection that you’re trying to cultivate already exists through their relationship to your employee. Read More…

  • New Facebook App Could Be the Future of News

    February 10, 2014
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    Last Monday, Facebook unveiled their new mobile app geared towards delivering more substantive news content to their users. The App, Paper, integrates the traditional news feed with stories from major publications (New York Times, Wall Street Journal, National Geographic) as well as giving them access to a series of mini-magazines, each thematically distinct and tailored to readers by expert editors on the Facebook payroll. According to the New York Times, Mark Zuckerberg had high hopes for the fledgling app, calling it “the best personalized newspaper in the world.”  Read More…

  • Should You Be Cautious When it Comes to Work Friends?

    February 7, 2014
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    There’s a big difference between work friends and friends that you met through school or quiz night at your favorite bar . The first thing that sets these two sorts of friends apart is that you probably see your work friends a whole lot more than your off-the-clock chums. Even though you might spend upwards of 40 hours per-week in close proximity with your work buddies, chances are that you are much more comfortable sharing personal information with the friends you’ve made outside the office. Now isn’t that strange, how time spent with a person doesn’t add up to more trust? I mean, it can take months to get the learn the sort of basic, first-date kind of information about a co-worker that you usually find out within the first few encounters with people outside of work. When you’re socializing in the break room or the courtyard outside, the elephant in the room is…well, the room itself. The reason that we are so careful with what we share with our work friends is that misplaced trust can have damaging effects on our reputation and career. Read More…

  • State of the Hiring 2013 Infographic

    February 6, 2014
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    With the battle for hiring great candidates getting hotter, information on what the hiring market looks like, how to find the best candidates and the costs of recruit-to-hire are more important than ever.

    Check out the State of the Hiring infographic below to get the inside scoop on getting ahead.

    Through this State of the Hiring infographic you will take away current information on:

    • National Labor Statistics – where is unemployment today and how it affects recruiting and hiring
    • National & Industry Specific Recruiting Costs – and how to measure and compare yours easily
    • Best Sources of Hires by Department/Job Function including Sales, Marketing, Finance, IT, HR, etc. Read More…
  • Quitting With Class

    February 6, 2014
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    When people decide to quit their job, it doesn’t have to be an overwhelming or even noteworthy experience. Some people change jobs like they change cell phones, always looking for the upgrade that blows the last piece of scrap out of the water. They might have even liked their old job and could even miss some of the people that used to brighten up their work day. You might see them on their last day, setting down their box of assorted personal junk to shake hands with your boss, both of them wearing that “well isn’t this regrettable” half smile that is appropriate on such occasions. Then, POOF! They’re gone. Off to better and brighter prospects with a reference in their pocket.

    Other times, however, this departure is way less amicable. Let’s say, for instance, that you hate your job. Now I don’t mean hate like “I hate meter maids,” or “I hate it when my microwave burrito is still frozen in the middle.” I mean hate like you can’t believe that you made it through another day at that job…every day. Hate like Batman hates the Joker and Superman hates Kryptonite. Hate like Broncos fans hate the Seahawks. When you have that sort of relationship with your job, then quitting with class can be somewhat of an exercise in restraint. Read More…

  • Why Should I Keep My Employee’s Engaged?

    February 5, 2014
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    This morning we published an article about your employee’s and engagement: Wondering How To Keep Your Employee’s Engaged?

    Yet you might still be asking, “Why? Why is this engagement so important?” SocialCast put together a great infographic illustrating the reasons why engaged employees are great for your business.

    With happiness at the work environment being at an all time low for Americans, keeping your employee’s happy is a sure way to KEEP them, period. Various factors play into this:

    • Work-Life Balance
    • Feeling Safe in the Work Environment
    • Benefits
    • Relationship with Supervisor
    • Opportunities to Use Skills
    • Corporate Culture
    • Job Security
    • Compensation
    • Independence
    • Work Itself

    When the above factors are noted and acted upon by management it results in engaged and happy employees. Happy employees mean that your companies profitability will increase. This is because they feel driven to help the company that helps them. The companies with high levels of employee engagement saw a 19.2% increase in operating income; while those that didn’t make employee engagement a priority saw a 32.7% decline in operating income.

    There is a saying, “happy wife- happy life”, for the business world this could be adapted to, “Happy Employees = Productivity & Growth”.

    Check out the Infographic Below:

  • Wondering How To Keep Your Employee’s Engaged?

    February 5, 2014
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    While most of us would probably choose a sunny beach over the cold glare of our computer screen any day of the week, there’s a a big difference between a healthy desire for time off and dreading coming into work in the morning. The main difference between a person who wishes that they had more vacation days one that wishes that their office building would get a termite infestation is that the first person would probably feel refreshed and ready to work after a little R&R. The second person, however, would be straight back to their old, dead-eyed ways after just a few days back on the job. If left unaddressed, employee disengagement can reach a level where motivational words and reprimands have little to no effect on their level of engagement. The key to improving employee engagement is to open a dialogue with your dissatisfied employees before they find another job or turn into a Dilbert comic strip.  Read More…

  • How Training Can Make Good Employees Great

    February 4, 2014
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    People are always changing. Whether it’s as shallow as their dress sense or as deep as their purpose in life, if you know somebody for long enough, you’re bound to see something unexpected to come to the surface. These changes might come from external pressures or they can just seem to spring from nowhere. If you’ve hired or facilitated in the hiring of a good many people at your company, then you know that you can’t really predict where they are going to end up. Sure, some of the hires that you thought were going to be a success might have climbed right up the ladder, but just think about all of the successes that you didn’t see coming. Even though they might have appeared to be “qualified but nothing special” when they were first starting, they made a name for themselves at your company in the end. The point is that, you can’t always tell who’s going to wash out and who’s going to be a success on day 1. By providing your employees with the resources to learn and grown as they work, you’re investing in their potential for greatness.  Read More…