Using the STAR Method in a Job Interview

Nothing can bring about a feeling of unpreparedness like an interview question that asks you to tell a story or give an example. The “Tell me about a time when…” prompt can make even a confident candidate panic as they rifle through their employment history to find an adequate answer.

Thankfully, after learning about the STAR method, you will be able to tell a cohesive anecdote with confidence.

First thing’s first. The STAR Method is a straightforward method to organize your answer to behavioral interview questions.

Behavioral interview questions can be:

  • “Tell me about a time when…”
  • “What do you do when…”
  • “Have you ever…”

Once you think of an example, you’ll then have to tell your story in a way that wows your interviewer. Thankfully, as you consider the STAR method, it can help you choose a few examples that you can choose from during your interview.

Following the STAR strategy will keep your answer concise, purposeful, and professional.

  • Situation: Set the scene and give the necessary details of your example
  • Task: Describe your responsibility in the situation
  • Action: Explain exactly what steps you took to address it
  • Result: Share the outcomes of your actions

Looking at the STAR method may seem overwhelming at first, but once you map out an example, you’ll see how much it makes sense. After that, it will be easy to apply to all types of anecdotes.

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