Interviews: STAR Method

During one of my leadership development trainings they discussed behavioral interviewing. I personally had never heard of it till, then but I sure wish someone had told me about this technique. Now I tell all my friends and i thought I’d share it on my blog too

In short if you’re not familiar with what behavioral interviewing means, it is the way questions are worded so that you (if you’re good at interviewing) answer with the type of action you would take, In other words your behavior in a given situation. If you can articulate it well, then it gives the interviewer a better idea if you’re a good fit for the job.

Ok, hopefully I didn’t lose you, I know it can be confusing, but now let’s get to the STAR method to learn how to rock your next interview. STAR is short for situation, task, action, result.

Situation: The interviewer wants you to present a recent challenge and situation in which you found yourself.

Task: What were you required to achieve? The interviewer will be looking to see what you were trying to achieve from the situation.

Action: What did you do? The interviewer will be looking for information on what you did, why you did it and what the alternatives were.

Resutls: What was the outcome of your actions? What did you achieve through your actions and did you meet your objectives? What did you learn from this experience and have you used this learning since?

Ok now here’s the important part!

  • Do not forget to answer the question, provide a specific example.This means don’t make something up.
  • Think of something simple, it doesn’t have to be a elaborate.
  • Make sure you emphasize what your role in the situation was and how you solved or accomplished the problem
  • If needed take a moment to think
  • And don’t be afraid of asking for the question to be repeated, it’s ok really! There’s nothing worse than a candidate answer a question they misunderstood.

You can easily google the STAR method to get more tips to get a better idea.

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