Even though he has a year before he graduates, Albert Cyprys is already looking forward to joining the workforce and making an impact. As he continues to study and add knowledge, he is also preparing for the most common aspect of gaining a job: the interview. More specifically, he is looking into the different types of questions asked and the possible responses. Apart from the “tell us about yourself” and “how do your skills fit with this job” type of questions, Albert has uncovered another popular one: In what ways are you a team player?
Teamwork is crucial in most work environments, and employers like to question a candidate’s ability to be productive in a team setting. The question is a favorite of interviewers, and according to Albert Cyprys, looks to uncover a number of areas such as: the candidates’ ability to communicate with team members, understand the opinions and ideas of others, and make their contribution to the overall success of the team.
The team work question is a popular one that is phrased in numerous ways, says Albert Cyprys, but almost always is looking at the candidate’s core abilities in the aforementioned areas. You will be wise not to cram any answers but give an honest response with regards to those areas. For an effective answer, imagine the type of team player the interviewer is hinting at and then deliver a response that meets that image.
With that in mind, Albert Cyprys knows he will be able to capably answer the teamwork question in any setting.
Fairfield University is a liberal arts school located in the quaint coastal town of Fairfield, Connecticut. The campus stretches close to 200 acres and is a compliment to the beautiful surroundings that makes up Fairfield. The community and Fairfield University realize the special connection that they have with each other, a connection that a fostered by the beauty of campus and town. That is why when you attend Fairfield you not only feel a part of campus and a member of the University, you also feel a part of the community that makes up Fairfield.
Fairfield University was founded 70 years ago by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). It currently educates close to 5,000 students, including undergraduates and graduate students. The University offers undergraduate students that chance to major in 41 different disciplines and 15 interdisciplinary minors. Graduate students have the chance to choose from 40 different graduate programs, all of which offer the opportunity to develop and chase successful and passion-filled careers.
Since the Universities inception in 1942, they have had the privilege of issuing 45,000 degrees while sticking to their mission. They set out to “promote a sense of social responsibility and making sure all students embrace and develop their full creative, intellectual potential.”
Albert Cyprys is a graduate of Fairfield University. He received his Bachelors of Science in Accounting from Fairfield University in 2014. In 2015, he received a Masters of Science in Accounting from Fairfield University as well. During his time there he was an active member of intramural sports, the accounting club, and the vice-president of Alpha Beta Psi.
Albert Cyprys is a student at Fairfield University who has embraced the lessons on social responsibility the school so ardently teaches. On a regular basis, he volunteers his time at a local soup kitchen and a senior center. The volunteer experience, in addition to being eye-opening, has also brought a host of benefits for Albert and fellow volunteers. He highlights a few below.
Sense of purpose
Through volunteer work, Albert Cyprys has gotten the opportunity to interact with like-minded individuals who have no qualms about helping the less fortunate. Some of the volunteers are Albert’s fellow schoolmates, while others are students from other colleges in the region. At the soup kitchen or senior center, their backgrounds don’t matter: they are simply caring individuals driven to help their fellow citizens.
Volunteers come from different backgrounds and have different experiences to share, something that Albert is always looking forward to. Because they are brought together by a common cause, strong friendship bonds are formed among the volunteers.
With a fiercely competitive job market, potential applicants can get their taste of a work environment through volunteering. Albert Cyprys knows that this is an avenue many people utilize and in some cases, the volunteer work ends up becoming their life’s calling. Also, some employers like to see some volunteer experience on a candidate’s resume, as it speaks to the candidate’s willingness to help their fellow citizens.
Albert Cyprys lives in New York, where a marginally rising poverty rate has seen the number of people in need grow. Thus, it is up to volunteers like himself to step up and help.