Shine like a STAR – Interview Response Method

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Do you struggle to give concise answers to interview questions? Are you unsure how to share your accomplishments during an interview without sounding boastful? The STAR interview response method can help.  

When to use the STAR method?
The STAR interview response method is a way of answering behavioral interview questions. Behavioral interview questions are  questions about how you have behaved in the past. Specifically, they are about how you have handled certain work situations.

What does STAR acronym mean?
STAR stands for Situation, Task, Action, Result. 

How to Prepare for an Interview Using STAR
First, make a list of the skills and/or experiences that are required for the job. It may help you to look at the job listing and similar job  listings for indications of the required or preferred skills/qualities and match your qualifications to those listed in the posting. Then,  consider specific examples of occasions when you displayed those skills. For each example, name the situation, task, action, and  result. 

Whatever examples you select, make sure they are as closely related to the job you’re interviewing for as possible.

STAR interview questions examples 

Pro Tip:
When answering in the STAR formula, use the first person singular – “I did such-and-such” rather than “we  did such-and-such” – it will keep the focus on you. 

  1. Share an example of a time when you faced a difficult problem at work. How did you solve this problem?
  2. Share an example of a time you had to make a difficult decision. What did you do?
  3. Tell me about a time you worked with other departments to complete a project.
  4. Tell me about a time when you set and achieved a specific goal. 
  5. Can you tell me about a time you went above and beyond your expected duties?
  6. Tell me about a time you showed initiative on the job.

STAR interview response example
S: I coordinated the organization of the workshop for 40 people. One week before the event, the conference room booked got cancelled due to technical reasons. 

T: I had to find another location for the workshop in a short time and inform the participants.

A: I contacted the training groups on social media, compiled a contact list and confirmed the new location. Then, I sent the updated event location to the participants.

R: Thanks to the support of the social network, I was able to confirm the new conference room within 2 days. The event was a success and the participants were happy with the conference location.

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