Job Interview Tips From STS Technical Services’ Recruiters

Job Interview Tips From STS Technical Services' Recruiters

In today’s highly-competitive job market, where every open position might attract dozens of qualified candidates, standing out in an interview is more crucial than ever. At STS Technical Services, we’ve turned to our top staffing professionals, people who have collectively helped thousands navigate this daunting landscape, to bring you their insider tips on making a lasting impression. Here’s what they recommend, complete with practical advice and a bit of Recruiter wisdom.

Meet Our Panel of Expert Recruiters

  • Jannely Castro: One of our top-performing Recruiters who specializes in placing Aircraft Maintenance Technicians and Aerospace Engineers across the United States.
  • TJ Scott: Vice President of Operations for STS Technical Services with more than three decades of staffing experience.
  • Jeremy Baber: A staffing guru with more than 15 years of experience placing Aircraft Maintenance Technicians into direct hire roles.
  • Terri Ruby: Lead Technical Recruiter with extensive experience across the aerospace, manufacturing, industrial and defense industries.
  • Trisha Washburn: A service-oriented Senior Technical Recruiting Professional capable of managing full-cycle recruitment strategies.
  • Anthony Mengarelli: Has conducted hundreds of job interview for STS Technical Services during his nine-year tenure thus far.

1. Prepare Like a Pro (Jannely Castro, TJ Scott)


“To excel in your next job interview, start by thoroughly researching the company to understand their history, values, and recent achievements. This will allow you to align your answers with their culture and goals. Next, carefully study the job description to identify the key skills and experiences they are looking for, and prepare to highlight how you meet these requirements. Practice responding to common interview questions, focusing on sharing your successes and enthusiasm for the job while emphasizing how you can contribute to the company. Lastly, prepare thoughtful questions to ask during the interview to demonstrate your genuine interest and engagement in the role and the organization.”


“To optimize your chances of securing a job, start by thoroughly researching the company’s website to understand their business, clientele, and corporate culture—essential knowledge for any interaction with a potential employer. Delve into the backgrounds of key company personnel on LinkedIn to better understand the leadership you might be working with. Ensure your resume is up-to-date with precise information and detailed job descriptions, and prepare to present letters of recommendation or professional references during your interview. It’s also crucial to prepare thoughtful, strategic questions about the company and the position, such as inquiries about growth potential or benefits, rather than basic logistical questions. For in-person interviews, dress professionally and plan to arrive 15 minutes early; being “on time” is effectively late. If you’re unfamiliar with the interview location, consider a trial run to find the facility ahead of time. Bring a copy of your resume and any relevant training records, even if you’ve previously submitted them. If you’re scheduled for a phone interview, find a quiet location with a reliable phone signal and be in place 10 minutes early. Keep a copy of your resume on hand to refer to quickly if asked about your past experiences. Most importantly, always remember that you are seeking to join their team. Treat every interaction with potential employers—from initial contact through post-interview follow-up—with courtesy, professionalism, and friendliness, as if everyone you meet could decide your hiring fate.”

2. Showcase Soft Skills (Jeremy Baber)

“During a job interview, showcasing your soft skills is just as crucial as demonstrating technical abilities or specific job competencies. Soft skills, such as communication, teamwork, adaptability, and problem-solving, are essential because they influence how effectively you can work within a team and adapt to the ever-changing demands of a professional environment. Employers are increasingly looking for candidates who not only have the necessary technical skills but also the interpersonal skills to successfully interact with colleagues and clients. Demonstrating strong soft skills during an interview, therefore, can significantly distinguish you from other candidates who may only focus on their technical qualifications. Furthermore, soft skills are often harder to teach than technical skills, which makes them particularly valuable. When candidates effectively display qualities like empathy, leadership, and creativity, they signal to potential employers that they are capable of leading initiatives, driving change, and contributing positively to the company culture. During the interview, it’s important to share examples and stories that highlight these skills in action. Discussing situations where your emotional intelligence guided a team project to success or how your adaptability allowed you to overcome unexpected challenges shows employers that you bring a well-rounded portfolio of skills to the table. Ultimately, these soft skills complement your technical abilities and can make you a more appealing and complete candidate.”

3. Strategize Your First Impression (Terri Ruby)

“During an interview, maintaining a firm handshake and clear eye contact demonstrates confidence and engagement with the potential employer. It’s important to research the company thoroughly, including their past achievements, to show your genuine interest in where you might be working. Listen carefully and respond thoughtfully to the questions asked to convey your attentiveness and understanding. Exhibit confidence in your abilities while remaining humble about the assets you bring to the table. Additionally, express your willingness to work both independently and as part of a team, highlighting your versatility.”

4. Focus on Past Achievements (Trisha Washburn)

“When discussing your work history during an interview, it’s crucial to quantify your contributions with clear, specific metrics. This approach allows interviewers like us to clearly understand the impact of your actions within your previous roles. For instance, if you’ve been involved in a continuous improvement project, don’t just tell us what you did—show us how you did it. We want to hear about your method for conducting root cause analysis, the key findings you uncovered, the corrective actions you implemented and, most importantly, the outcomes of these actions in terms of cost savings, time efficiency, and production improvements. Incorporating metrics into your examples not only demonstrates your ability to positively influence operations but also highlights your analytical and problem-solving skills. These details are valuable and should also be prominently featured on your resume. Being specific and honest about your achievements sets a strong foundation for credibility and shows that you are results-oriented. In conclusion, remember that providing specific examples with quantifiable results in both your interview and on your resume is essential. It not only showcases your skills and accomplishments in a tangible way but also paints a vivid picture of your potential contributions to our team. Through this detailed and transparent sharing of your professional journey, you create a compelling narrative that can significantly elevate your candidacy.”

5. Cultural Fit Matters (Anthony Mengarelli)

“Every company has a unique culture just as every candidate has a unique personality. A cultural synergy must exist between client and candidate. Obviously the company needs to see that the experience level is in alignment with their needs, but the human element is also plays a huge role. Cultural fit fosters a positive work environment, enhances team cohesion, and promotes collaboration. Candidates who fit well culturally are more likely to thrive, contribute positively and integrate seamlessly into the team, ultimately leading to greater job satisfaction and retention. My advice on being able to showcase that you are going to be a good cultural fit? Be Authentic. Avoid trying to mold yourself into what you think the interviewer wants to hear. Instead, focus on highlighting your true self and how it aligns with the company’s culture. Also, research the company culture!”

Conclusion: Think Beyond the Interview

As our expert staffing professionals suggest, acing an interview in today’s competitive job market requires more than textbook answers. It’s about weaving your technical skills, soft skills, and personality into a narrative that resonates with the interviewer and meets the company’s needs.

Each interview is a unique story you tell, where you are both the protagonist and the narrator. Make it compelling, make it genuine, and above all, make it memorable.

Remember, the goal is not just to get the job but to pave the way for a successful career by starting on the right foot. With these tips from seasoned staffing professionals, you’re well on your way to not just landing an interview, but excelling in it. So go out there, tell your story, and turn that opportunity into an offer!

Happy National Employee Appreciation Day from STS Technical Services

Employee Appreciation

At STS Technical Services, who we are is people is just as important as the work we do. In fact, every ounce of success we have ever had as a company starts and ends with our dedicated team members. They are the heart of our company… the engine that makes it fly!

As many of you know, today is National Employee Appreciation Day, and to that end, we’d like to take a moment to express a profound sense of gratitude to all of our colleagues. Your hard work, dedication and day-to-day commitment help make our company an amazing one to be a part of, and for that (and so much more), we cannot thank you all enough.

Your personalities make our work days more enjoyable. Your fortitude gets us through the difficult times, and your unyielding dedication to providing the very best services to our clients will successfully carry us into the future.

With all the respect, admiration and love we can muster, thank you for who you are as people, the work you put in and the passion you exude day in and day out. We cannot thank you all enough!


Welcoming Natasha Ruotolo Back to the STS Technical Services’ Family

Natasha Ruotolo

There are times when people leave a job they love to go and pursue other interests. At STS Technical Services, we not only get that, we applaud it. Chasing down a dream is hard work, and we will never shut the doors of opportunity on past employees who have proven themselves to be dedicated, determined and eager to learn.

Such is the case with our newest Recruiting Coordinator, Natasha Ruotolo. Natasha worked for STS Technical Services from March 2013 through March 2020, and we are so happy to welcome her back to the team!

For those who haven’t met Natasha, get to know her a little more by checking out the Q&A we did with her just a few weeks ago.

Tell us a little about your professional background, education and / or experience?

I worked for STS from March 2013-March 2020, and then I went to school to be an esthetician. Now I am back.

What do you like to do for fun when you are not working?

I am a mother of 5. All my kids are in sports (baseball and softball), so that takes up most of my time.

If you could be any superhero, which superhero would you be and why?

To be honest, I have no idea. Not really into superheros.

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Welcoming Jett Ryll to the STS Technical Services’ Family

Jett Ryll

Our newest Technical Recruiter in Jensen Beach, Florida, is a guy by the name of Jett Ryll. Jett is no stranger to aviation. In fact, you can say that his blood is made of equal parts jet fuel and contrail exhaust.

His father works for Precision Jet in Stuart, Florida, and he started helping his dad around the shop when he was 13 years old. Here he would stay up until 2015 when he decided to attend Florida Atlantic University where he received his B.A. degree in Communications with a minor in history.

Jett will be working directly with T.J. Scott’s team (God bless him) while focusing much of his time and attention to filling internal positions for STS Aviation Services and STS Line Maintenance.

If you are interested in learning more about your new colleague, check out the Q&A we did with him a week or so ago.

Jett, welcome to the family, man. Once you’re in you can never leave!

Tell us a little about your professional background, education and / or experience?

My dad works for Precision Jet and Fair winds here in Stuart Florida. I have been around aviation my entire life. When I was 13 years old, I started to help out around Precision Jet with whatever they needed done (cleaning parts, cleaning floors, helping mechanics, etc.).

I worked for my dad until I graduated in 2015 from Jensen Beach High School. I then decided to further my education at Florida Atlantic University where I spent four years obtaining my Bachelor’s degree in communication studies with a minor in history. Right after graduating from FAU, I was able to land a job with a hotel marketing company in Fort Lauderdale, however that lasted a few weeks as the COVID-19 Pandemic had become a serious threat; one that left me furloughed. I then moved back home to Jensen Beach where I started working as a parts specialist for a motorcycle dealership (WMR Competition Performance). While at WMR, I became familiar with the software they were using, built strong with relations with customers and clients, sold an array of parts and motorcycle gear and a whole lot more. I was with WMR for almost 2 years before starting my career here at STS this past week.

What do you like to do for fun when you are not working?

When I am not working, I enjoy playing with my 9-month-old golden retriever, being with my girlfriend and spending time with my family. I love playing video game, and I am a big Ohio State Buckeye fan so on Saturdays I love to watch the Buckeyes play. I still ride and race dirt bikes, love watching movies and being outside.

If you could be any superhero, which superhero would you be and why?

If I could be any superhero, I would most likely be Iron Man because of his ability to adapt to any situation. As he progresses, he is always making changes to his suit based on his past experience with villains, and he can fly, which is huge plus for an aviation enthusiast like myself.

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Welcoming Christa Wonser to the STS Technical Services’ Family

Christa Wonser

Christa Wonser is STS Technical Services’ newest Operations Specialist working remotely in Brookfield, Wisconsin. She has spent much of her career working as an Administrative Assistant, and we couldn’t be any more excited to have her on our team.

If you would like to get to know Christa, check out the Q&A we did with her shortly after she was hired.

Tell us a little about your professional background, education and / or experience?

Most of my career I’ve spent as an administrative assistant, the most recent was an assistant for the VP of Engineering at a manufacturing company. I’ve also enjoyed time as a CNA and as a cosmetologist. My most recent education path was working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.  I have a few classes left to complete.

What do you like to do for fun when you are not working?

I work as a volunteer at a local dog rescue that brings up to 90 dogs and puppies and a few cats every 3 weeks. I also love spending time with my 2 grandchildren. I enjoy working in my massive flower beds, fishing and playing with my 2 rescue dogs.

If you could be any superhero, which superhero would you be and why?

Honestly, I’m not very knowledgeable about superheros, my previous co-workers called me Wonder Woman or WW on many occasions.

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Welcoming Beth Simcoviak to the STS Technical Services’ Family

Beth Simcoviak

Beth Simcoviak is one of our newest Technical Recruiters working remotely in Cleveland, Ohio.  This post is all about getting to know her a little better. For those who are interested, check out…

Tell us a little about your professional background, education and / or experience?

My careers started in the Automotive Industry 20+ years ago. I started as a Controller for an Automobile Dealership. After that I worked in the Auction industry doing Sales and Marketing, then I started Recruiting for the Automotive and Finance Industry.

What do you like to do for fun when you are not working?

I enjoy spending time with my family.

If you could be any superhero, which superhero would you be and why?

I would be Wonder Woman. She is loving, kind and stands up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. She fights for those who need her help and does not ask for anything in return.

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Welcoming Becky Hughes to the STS Technical Services’ Family

Becky Hughes

Becky Hughes comes to us with years of professional experience. She joined our team a few week back as its newest Technical Recruiter working RPO for Wacker Neuson in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.

If you are interested in getting to know Becky, check out the Q&A we did with her shortly after she was onboarded.

Becky, welcome to the STS Technical Services’ family. We are thrilled to have you!

Tell us a little about your professional background, education and / or experience?

I went to school at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse and graduated with a degree in Management (HR emphasis.) I’ve had the opportunity to work for a handful of diverse companies in the La Crosse area, spanning a variety of industries (organic foods, healthcare, child care, public accounting, manufacturing and recycling, marine construction, and banking.)

I’ve enjoyed the wide range of responsibilities in the HR field and have had the opportunity to be involved in labor relations/contract negotiation, complex employee relations situations, talent development, succession planning, compensation & benefits, performance management, and onboarding/offboarding. Like for many, the pandemic put life in perspective, and I recognized quite clearly that recruitment and talent acquisition are my preferred areas of concentration within the HR field. I started my career as a Recruiter at Organic Valley, and I hope to focus the rest of my career in talent acquisition as well. What’s more fun and rewarding than offering someone a new job that they’ll love?! 🙂

What do you like to do for fun when you are not working?

When I’m not working, my life pretty much revolves around my daughters (Marley, a sophomore & Maya, a 7th grader.) I’m not a stereotypical “dance mom,” but most of my evenings consist of driving them to and from dance class and Nutcracker rehearsals! The three of us love to bond over Netflix binges, ice cream, and coffee – just call us the Gilmore Girls. 😉

I love the outdoors – hiking, kayaking, boating, morel mushroom hunting, and exploring. I tend to be cautious by nature, but I do love a good thrill (rollercoasters, skydiving, zip lines, etc.) or hitting the road for a long road trip with a solid soundtrack. In my humble opinion, concerts are underrated, and I can’t wait to hit some more shows post-pandemic! Foo Fighters, Jason Isbell, and Bruce Springsteen are at the top of my list, but I will definitely see Pearl Jam, Taylor Swift, and Garth Brooks again at some point! Otherwise, give me a good book and a hammock or fireplace, and I’ll stay out of your way for hours.

Oh, did I mention I grew up in Rochester, MN, and I’m a faithful Vikings fan?! (They WILL win a Super Bowl before I die!) Skol!

If you could be any superhero, which superhero would you be and why?

Hands down, I’d go with She-Ra! She is known for being a positive role model for girls as well as her strength (ability to lift grown men, robots, boulders, and buildings over her head), acrobatics, and speed. Her character is also nurturing and empathetic with an ability to communicate with animals. She is mostly non-violent and engages in combat only as a last resort. Instead, she uses her intelligence and wits to outsmart her enemies – and how much more powerful can you get than that?! 🙂

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Welcoming Matt Hanson to the STS Technical Services’ Family

Matt Hanson

Who is Matt Hanson? Outside of being our newest Technical Recruiter in Wisconsin, he is a hard-working father of two who likes to ride mountain bikes, climb corporate ladders and watch the occasional Superman movie.

For those who are interested in getting to know Matt, check out…

Tell us a little about your professional background, education and / or experience?

I’ve been in staffing for a little over 17 years. I started in general labor and eventually progressed to where I am now recruiting for technical roles.

What do you like to do for fun when you are not working?

I have a 3-year old and 6-year old daughter so I a lot of my time outside of work is spent with them. In the rare occasion I do have some time to myself I like to go ride the local mountain bike trails.

If you could be any superhero, which superhero would you be and why?

Superman because of his multitude of superpowers!

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Welcoming Jonathan Bradford to the STS Technical Services’ Family

Jonathan Bradford

Jonathan Bradford, our newest Technical Recruiter working remotely, is a man of few words. But don’t let that fool you. In his first three weeks with STS Technical Services his work has already made a profound impact, and we are so excited to have him on our team.

If you would like to get to know Jon a little bit, check out the Q&A we did with him shortly after he was hired.

Tell us a little about your professional background, education and / or experience?

I’ve been working in technical recruiting for the past few years, specializing in engineering roles for military and defense as well as high-level IT recruiting. I have a background in sales and operations as well in the retail and hospitality industries.

What do you like to do for fun when you are not working?

Spending time with family, concerts, hiking, fishing, and seeking out a new restaurant.

If you could be any superhero, which superhero would you be and why?

Flash so that I am able to accomplish more in my day!

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Welcoming Trish Washburn to the STS Technical Services’ Family

Trish Washburn

As our team continues to grow, we will continue to formally welcome / introduce each new employees to our clients, colleagues, business partners and friends via these short “Meet the Team” articles.

Next up on our list today is Trish Washburn. Trish joins our team in Wisconsin as its newest Technical Recruiter. In addition to being a great worker and a valued asset to our organization, Trish is also an accomplished track and field star and a former yoga studio owner.

For those who are interested, you can learn more about Trish now by checking out the quick Q&A we did with her two weeks back.

Tell us a little about your professional background, education and / or experience?

I have a BA in Communications from University of Iowa where I was a track scholarship for 100M hurdles. I come from a corporate background of working as an executive in Software as a Service where I handled gap analysis and implementations at customer sites all over the U.S. I also have a background in leading paradigm shifts in companies who have made acquisitions and again, doing process improvements by implementing best practices so both parent company and newly acquired company can streamline and improve. My favorite job aside from being a  professional water skier back in the day is owning and running my yoga studio, Soleil Lune Yoga Center, for the last 20 years. It is a gift to be able to watch people transform for the better and improve their lives inside and out.

What do you like to do for fun when you are not working?

What do you like to do for fun when you are not working? Yoga of course! . I also lead a yoga teacher certification program as well as continuing education credit courses for existing yoga teachers so I enjoy traveling and leading those trainings.

I also like doing anything active and outdoors. Hiking in the mountains, surfing, swimming, biking, and trail running are my favorites. I have 6 kids and 6 grandkids so spending time with them is always a joy and absolute privilege. It is never a dull moment!

If you could be any superhero, which superhero would you be and why?

Superhero…that is a great question. I really don’t have any deep longing to be a superhero, but is there one that talks to animals? That would be pretty cool. Being able to read people’s minds would be a superpower I would love to have. I also remember watching a cartoon Super Friends when I was young and there were this brother/sister team called The Wonder Twins or something like that and they could shapeshift into anything and they had a pet monkey named Gleek. That sounds pretty cool, too.

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