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STAR method

What is the STAR method?

The STAR method is an interview technique that gives you an easy-to-remember structure you can use to give more in your answers without it being too much.

 

Situation, Task, Action, and Result.

  • 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.

By using these four components to answer interview questions, it is much easier to focus on the answer and provide the interviewer with a well-thought-out and structured answer.

 

What questions can the STAR method used for?
the STAR method should be used to answer behavioural interview questions and any others which require an example to show your experience in this task. This method prompts you to give an example of when you have dealt with different situations in the work place, to show your transferable skills for the role.

These types of questions tend to be the same in most interviews:

  • Tell me about a time when you have dealt with…
  • What do you do when…
  • Describe a situation when…
  • Have you ever…
  • Give me an example of…

When you are given these questions in an interview, the example to give is not the only thing you have to think about. You must also do this in a way to keep the interviewers interest whilst ensuring you do not ramble! Which is why the STAR method is great to have to remind you of what structure to use and when to move on to the next information in the example.

 

How should you use the STAR method to prepare for your interview?

For you to successfully use the STAR method in your interview, you need to prepare and ensure you feel confident in your knowledge on the role and what may be expected from you in the role you are interviewing for.

Here are some tips on how else to prepare for your interview:

Memorise the job description! By this, we do not mean word for word! But it is important to know exactly what transferable skills you have to the role, and the best way of dong this is matching up your duties from your experience to what they are looking for. This will automatically give you examples you can give and use the STAR method in. Look through and note down what the top points listed are, as this is normally their most needed experience.

 

  • Choose good examples which can relate to different questions.There is no way for you to know ahead of time what questions you will be asked in an interview, but by having a few diverse examples allows you to use them for different questions. For example, if you are asked the question “tell me a time when you had a difficult situation at work”, you could use the same example for “what have you found most challenging in your role” or “when have you had to de-escalate a situation at work”?
  • Take notes of things you would want to discuss in interview. Bringing notes to an interview is never a bad thing, however, making sure these notes are bullet points of key things to remind you want you want to discuss is important. By doing this, it will allow you to add your own personality to your answers and you will not look like you are scripted or reading off a piece of paper.
  • Rehearse your examples out loud. Although you want your answers not to be scripted, it is always best to practice any examples and questions you think may come up. This gives you more confidence in yourself and your answers for the interview.
  • Don’t rush! We all know interviews can be very stressful, no matter how many you have! So if you are struggling or you don’t hear/understand the question properly. Just take your time and know that it is okay for you to ask the interviewer to repeat themselves. It is better to answer the question in the best way possible, than to give an answer to something they didn’t even ask!

Blog by our Office Manager – Lucy Sharman 28 Feb 2023