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June 30, 2017

The STAR Method Worth Adopting

There are many great ways to approach in-person interview questions. The STAR method incorporates the use of examples in order to prove that your skillset and experience is relevant to a role, without seeming disingenuous. This method is best applied to behavioral questions that refer to your past experiences, be them with a previous employer or just in general. The STAR method is not relevant to every interview question but it can be applied to answers that require you showcase your talents whilst still responding appropriately to the interviewer’s question.

S stands for Situation

Here you begin with an introduction to an occurrence whereby you were faced with some sort of conflict or challenge.

For example: You may wish to bring up a time at your previous job when you managed a group project and one of your colleagues was not putting in the work required of them.

T stands for Task

At this step you state what you knew was required of you in order to overcome the challenge/take control of the situation.

For example: You knew you needed to confront your colleague in order to ensure they pulled their weight.

A stands for Action

Here you elaborate on what you did to overcome the problem.
NB: Task is more of a hypothesis whereas Action goes into depth with what you actually implemented in order to solve the issue.

For example: You emailed your colleague so as not to single them out in front of the team, and asked them to step out for a coffee in order to chat to them one-on-one to see why they were not putting in the work.

R stands for Result

This is where you summarize what came of the entire experience and how ultimately, although you were faced with adversity, you overcame it.

For example: You may talk about how you were able to learn that your colleague felt that they didn’t entirely understand what was required of them. And by giving them a short one-on-one run down, they came back to the task with more clarity and drive.

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