By Staff Reports
(DGIwire) – Prior to any job interview, an applicant should know exactly why they want to work for that company and why their experience makes them a perfect fit for the role. They should also know how to answer interview questions in the most effective manner.
“Believe it or not, a job applicant’s communication style and how they present information is just as important as the information itself,” says Rebecca Cenni, founder and CEO of Atrium Staffing, a New York City-based talent solutions firm. “An interview should feel like a conversation, not an interrogation.”
According to Cenni, it’s worth offering specific stories and examples whenever possible, even if the interviewer doesn’t explicitly ask for them. Doing so shows that the applicant understands what the interviewer is asking and creates a great opportunity to highlight key aspects of their work history. If the applicant is asked how they handle stress, offering specific examples rather than generalities will be appreciated more by the interviewer.
A job applicant will sometime be asked behavior-based questions related to how they have handled specific situations in the past, says Cenni. Such questions, she says, require a very clear, three-part answer. First, set the scene by giving one or two sentences on the background of the situation. Second, clearly and concisely define the obstacle that had to be overcome and the action that was taken to remedy the situation. Third, one sentence on the outcome or results should be given that shows the job applicant as the hero.
Keep in mind, notes Cenni, that the interviewer doesn’t need every little detail. A summary version, including the most essential elements, is all the interviewer needs to fully understand the situation and how the applicant came out on top. Also, applicants should remember to practice their communication skills before an interview. Being in control of what is said—and how it is said—will go a long way toward making a lasting impression.
Job applicants who want to brush up on these and other skills may benefit from working together with an experienced staffing agency such as Atrium. Atrium is focused on providing contingent workforce solutions for mid-size and Fortune 500 companies in nearly every industry. Atrium’s expertise includes regional Temporary and Direct Hire Staffing, national Payrolling Services, national Independent Contractor Compliance and Intern Program Design. The company has extensive experience matching the right candidates for a range of positions within a variety of industries.
“Every last detail of the impression an applicant makes at a job interview will go toward determining if they land the position or not, so making that impression a positive one is a must,” Cenni adds.