What is the STAR Method for Interviewing?

What is the STAR Method and how can it help you ace your next interview and land your dream job?

We are all experts at some things but that doesn’t mean we are great at interviewing or telling our stories. The STAR Method can help you remember how to advocate and promote yourself so employers can see your true value.

What is the STAR Method?

The STAR Method stands for Situation, Task, Action, Result

  • Situation: An event, project, or challenge faced
  • Task: Your responsibilities and assignments for the situation
  • Action: Steps or procedures taken to relieve or rectify the situation
  • Result: Results of actions taken.

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The STAR Method in Action

This way of answering interview questions prompts you to talk about achievements on your resume rather than tasks and responsibilities. Which, by the way, they can read on your resume.

It works best with Behavioral Job Interview Questions, which are questions about how you have (or will) behave in certain situations and require more than yes or no answers.

These could include:

  • “Tell me about a time when…”
  • “Give me an example of…”
  • “Have you ever…”
  • “Describe an instance where you’ve had to…”

For concrete examples of how to answer these types of questions read our article How to Prepare for Behavioral Job Interview Questions.

Some additional articles that can really help you are:

How to Demonstrate Leadership in an Interview

Emotional Intelligence and Your Career

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