Demonstrating your experience with the STAR technique
Do you find yourself getting flummoxed when asked a behavioral question in a job interview? Are you looking for a better way to describe a project you worked on to a recruiter?
The answer may be the STAR technique – which stands for:
Essentially, the STAR technique asks you to break down a project you worked on into a story comprising four key areas:
- Situation – Here you should set the scene for the project you worked on, including when it was undertaken and where it was located.
- Task – In this part, explain the actual project or problem that was occurring.
- Action – This is most important part of the story. In this section, explain what you did to respond to the problem. Specifically, what steps did you take? Provide as much detail as you can.
- Results – In this part of the story, provide details about the impact of your actions or the benefits that resulted. If you have metrics which demonstrate the outcomes of the project, share them. Examples of metrics may be:
- Sales increased by 30%
- My team and I planted 300 trees by the end of the project
- The number of complaints dropped by 60%
- The submission I wrote won a $10,000 grant for my organisation.
When providing STAR examples in an interview situation, try to keep your answers concise, ensuring they don’t go longer than 4 minutes. Doing this may require practice – however, the more you practice, the better your STAR example will be.
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