There is a method to being prepared: Use the STAR Method
The STAR interview method is a behavioral technique used by interviewers to determine if a candidate can handle certain aspects of the job. You, as the candidate, can use the STAR response format to better prepare quality answers for all of the questions an interviewer might ask.
By using this method, you are illustrating that you have relevant experience, how you acted in a specific situation, and how you approach a high-pressure project or a challenging task.
Here is what each part of your STAR response format should include:
• Situation: Describe the scene and provide relevant details about how you rectified the situation.
• Task: Describe your role in the situation. This helps the hiring manager determine what level of responsibility you had in your previous roles.
• Action: Explain how you addressed the situation and what steps you took to overcome the challenge. Did you add value to the situation and make logical decisions?
• Result: At the end of the answer, you should be able to explain the outcome of the situation. A quality answer includes concrete examples and quantifiable achievements. Do not forget to explain the direct results of your efforts.
Benefits of the STAR response
The STAR format is a great way for you to provide concise and useful answers. The Hiring Manager asks these kinds of questions to better know the candidate and determine if you have the background to be successful for the job. The STAR format gives you the opportunity to show how you provided value to a situation and the challenges you overcame, in addition to showing the interviewer that you are prepared and precise in your responses.
According to a survey of over 2,000 job seekers, only 30% say the questions they were asked at their last interview were “very effective” at assessing their fitness for the role.
Asking and answering STAR interview questions can be a good way to help candidates feel like they are being asked the right questions to showcase their skills and experience. Behavioral questions and responses are useful when interviewing for roles that require communication, problem-solving, decision-making, leadership and teamwork. And, that’s practically every role you will ever interview for!
Write STAR responses onto your notes for your next interview. Have them ready for the Hiring Manager. This way your interview will flow with great examples of your accomplishments.
Remember…Situation, Task, Action, and Results!