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How to use the STAR Interview Response Method

You may have seen in our last blog, we mentioned using the STAR interview response method. We wanted to be sure to give you more information about how to use this interview preparation technique. If you struggle to give concise answers to interview questions or are unsure how to share your accomplishments, the STAR interview method can help.

What is the STAR Interview Method?

Using this process of answering interview questions allows you to provide concrete examples that you possess the experience and skills for the job. STAR is an acronym that stands for:

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

While you cannot know the exact interview questions before hand, most interviewers will focus on various work-related challenges. These questions will allow you to answer in a way that will demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving or will allow you to showcase situations that will show leadership skills, conflict resolution and performance under pressure.

Interview Preparation

When preparing for your interview, be sure to review the job description and required skills carefully. Consider what sort of challenges may arise or what obstacles you may face in this position. Then, write a list of situations you have handled in your professional history that would display the strengths you need to succeed in this role.

Are you new to the workforce? You do not have to have a lengthy professional history to draw from, you can pull examples from internships, volunteer work or even personal situations. Be sure to think outside the box, no matter your professional background, of what you can bring to the table, as in some cases employers may specifically ask you to share a non-work-related example too.

No matter the story you decide to share, you want to ensure you define a situation, task, action and result to showcase your skills and abilities that are most relevant to the job.