STAR - Technique to answering behavioural interview questions

STAR - Technique to answering behavioural interview questions

STAR - Technique to answering behavioural interview questions

Using the STAR method to answer behavioural based interview questions.

The STAR technique is a method of answering behavioural based interview questions in a manner which proves your skills and experience for the job in question. 

STAR is an acronym for Situation, Task, Action and Result.

Situation - Set the background or scene - provide some context
Task - Describe the challenge or objective - what needed to be done
Action - Elaborate on your specific action - explain what you did
Result - What was your result - share the outcome

How to apply the STAR method in an interview

Most behavioural based interviews will focus on previous work related challenges or situations that demonstrate your critical thinking and problem solving.

To prepare for the interview, make sure you have a good idea of the job description and role you are applying for and use clues from that to prepare your STAR answers.

Then, make a list of previous situations you've handled in your professional career that would display the strengths you'll need to succeed in the role.

No matter what experience or situations you decide to share, make sure you define the Situation, Task, Action and Result, to showcase your skills and abilities for the particular role.

Keep an eye out for the next 2 volumes coming out soon!

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Yolande Henning

Yolande is the Candidate Manager for our Temporary & Contract Solutions team. Prior to joining one eighty, Yolande was a Recruiter in South Africa, where she developed her relationship building and match-making skills. She truly understands her candidate’s and client’s needs in order to ensure the perfect match is made – even for short-term assignments. Her attention to detail and ability to build strong relationships, coupled with her strong desire to help people, enables her to assist candidates in finding their perfect career fit. Outside of work Yolande really enjoys hiking, reading and spending time with her family!

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