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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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    In today’s highly competitive talent marketplace, it pays to be considered employee friendly. While you might not be able to beat out your competitors on the salary that they can offer job seekers or the reputation that they have in the industry, it’s anyone’s game when it comes to creating a powerful employer brand. The only potential wrinkle in stepping up your public image to job seekers is if your policies or managers aren’t, in fact, all that friendly to your employees. Besides the importance that an employee friendly workplace plays in attracting new talent to your company, making the well being of your employees a top priority just goes with being a good manager. With the employee retention rate hovering at just under 2 years for Millennials (the largest emerging employee demographic), it’s more important now than ever before to use management and procedural practices that make employees feel engaged with their work.  Read More…

  • The Right Way to Schedule Interviews

    April 28, 2014
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    Managing candidates can be a real headache. Besides everything that’s on your plate normally, throwing in resumes, dozens of interviews to schedule, references and backgrounds to check can throw things out of whack. When business conflicts do arise with the interviews that you’ve scheduled with candidates, it’s of the utmost importance to give candidates enough notice to make their own scheduling changes. Many of the candidates that come through your door already have jobs and, as you know, it can be hard to make time for things outside of one’s core responsibilities. If you’re springing interview date changes on candidates with just a day’s advanced notice, you run the risk of them being unable to re-schedule. This can unnecessarily eliminate completely qualified candidates from the application process. In order to interview in a way that’s fair to both you and the candidates that you’re evaluating, make sure that you’ve got your scheduling down pat.  Read More…

  • How to Extend a Job Offer the Right Way

    April 24, 2014
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    When you’re trying to close with a promising candidate, time is of the essence. While the majority of job seekers out there might be desperate to land any job that they can, talented employees have options and they know it. Where, in the past, employers were holding all of the power in the hiring equation, highly skilled professionals are constantly approached by recruiters and even directly by competing companies. Now that LinkedIn has become such a staple of recruiting and professional life in general, you can look up anyone at any time and get a good idea of what would be on their resume if they sent it to you. Basically, if you’re interested in a candidate, you can bet your bottom dollar that someone else is too. This being the case, delivering your job offer letter to your best-fit candidate in a timely fashion can mean the difference between filling your open job and extending the candidate search by weeks or even months. Read More…

  • How Rejection Letters Help Candidates Feel Less Rejected

    April 23, 2014
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    Rejection can be tough to swallow. Nobody likes to lose out on something that they wanted, especially when that something is as big of a deal as a job. Whether you’re aware of it or not, the experience that candidates have with your company in the application process can have a big effect on how job seekers view your company. If it’s a great experience, then applicants will tell their colleagues and friends about a great little company that values their employees and is probably a great place to work. If, however, most of the candidates that come into contact with you have a negative experience, then you can bet that they won’t be singing your praises to their friends and professional network. With the potential for such negative impressions to spread like wildfire over the internet, it’s never been more important to treat every applicant with the respect that they deserve.  Read More…

  • How to Interview for the Right Candidate

    April 22, 2014
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    Interviewing has always been the last line of defense in hiring. You can screen resumes as carefully as you can or with the most advanced applicant tracking system known to man, but, until you actually meet a candidate in person, you don’t know if hiring them is going to hurt or help your business. But what happens when your last line of defense against the hoards of under-qualified applicants out there isn’t cutting it as well as you think? If your interview process isn’t air tight, there is quite a lot of potential for candidates to bluff their way into your good graces. Over half of the resumes submitted to companies in the United States contain falsifications. That’s right, most of the resumes that you’ve reviewed contained a few fibs, if not outright fabrications. This being the case, your interviewing has to be precise enough to separate the fantastic candidates from the fakers in your applicant pool. Read More…

  • Finding the Perfect Candidate

    April 21, 2014
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    Have you ever made a hiring mistake? There are few things as painfully obvious as when an employee isn’t working out at your company, so how is it possible that you thought they were great for the job just a few months ago? Sure, they didn’t let on their ineptitude and crummy attitude until after the interview, but, when it comes down to it, a bad hire is a bad investment and it’s your time that’s most often wasted in the process. In order to make better hires in the future, you need to put a good deal of thought into both what sort of person the perfect candidate would be and market your job specifically to that person. Though you’ll probably still get a whole ton of under-qualified candidates swarming for the job, having your perfect candidate in mind from the outset will ultimately help you to make a better hire.  Read More…

  • Why Failing isn’t the End of the World

    April 18, 2014
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    How many times have you been sure that one of your ideas was going to be a fantastic success, only to have the whole thing blow up in your face? Maybe it was a new time saving measure that got you laughed out of your boss’s office or that science fair project that you helped your kid with that made them repeat the 4th grade. What about a whole business venture? When you’ve staked everything on the success of something as uncertain as the success of a new business, then failure turns from something that’s embarrassing into something life changing. Though failing can be a big deal, it’s important to remember that it’s not the end of the world, or even your career. Each failure can be a lesson and a tool for reaching even greater heights of success in the future. This week on the Accolo blog is all about success and failure, and how you really can’t have one without the other. Read More…

  • Evaluating RPO Providers

    April 17, 2014
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    Hiring can be tricky. As a result of the great recession that began in 2008 and continues to linger across the globe, many companies had to make tough decisions about which people and which departments could be downsized. Hiring is one of the first things to go when a company is worried about staying afloat. I mean, why would you need a hiring function if you’re not even sure that you’ll be around in 6 months? It makes sense from a pragmatic standpoint, but what happens when the dust settles and you no longer have the hiring infrastructure to start pulling in fresh talent to start growing your company again. One of the best solutions for this staffing problem is to consult with a Recruitment Process Outsourcing company (like Accolo). With an RPO, you get all of the hiring resources and expertise of an internal recruiting function without any of the overhead. That being said, there is definitely a right way and a wrong way to enter into an RPO partnership and it’s up to you to do it right. http://www.accolo.com/wp-includes/js/tinymce/plugins/wordpress/img/trans.gif Read More…

  • Video Interviewing for a Better Candidate Experience

    April 16, 2014
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    For most companies, the interview is the gold standard for determining if a candidate is going to work out as an employee or if they just aren’t cut out for the job. Yes, online questionnaires and personality tests can help to pare down the applicant pool to a more manageable size, but ultimately, it’s the interview that separates the best-fit candidate from all of the rest. That being said, interviewing is quite time consuming. Depending on what company you work for, you and other managers like you might be conducting multiple rounds of interviews on each candidate that makes it to this stage in the application process. Between reviewing resumes, checking references and the actual time spent in the interviewer’s chair, this process can gobble up weeks of your time and drive candidates to their whit’s end. Wouldn’t it be easier if you could still interview people without all the pomp and circumstance? If you’re tired of the headaches associated with the interview process, you might want to try using video chat to do your initial qualification of candidates.  Read More…

  • Misconceptions Of Remote Workers

    April 15, 2014
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    One of the biggest changes that the internet has brought to the professional landscape is the ability for employees to do their work from anywhere in the world. Just think about it, you could be deep sea fishing off of the coast of Baja and sit in on a conference in your office in Chicago without missing a beat. Well, that’s a bit out of the norm, but you know what I mean. Depending on what your company’s policies are for remote workers, some of your staff might even choose to get most of their work done from the comforts of their own home. But does it work? How can you be sure that your employees are actually putting in the time that they say they are? Couldn’t they just as easily be sitting around in their PJ’s packing away bon bons and catching up on Mad Men? If you have any lingering impressions that working from home means working less, then, hopefully, today’s blog post will help to clear that up.  Read More…