Today, we want to focus on one helpful tip for jobseekers who are preparing for interviews.
There are many ways to approach an interview, and the approach may differ from profession to profession. However, there are a few methods that can be applied to any type of interview, and one of them is the STAR method which will help you structure your answer to a particular kind of question.
What is the STAR method?
The STAR method is a great way to approach a type of interview questions that require you to come up with a situation and tell your interviewer how you would deal with it. This can include questions such as ‘Give me an example of how you dealt with a crisis at work.’, ‘How would you approach a difficult customer?’, ‘Tell me about a time you shown leadership skills.’. This type of question is often the most stressful part of an interview because it not only requires you to come up with an example of a time you successfully dealt with a difficult or complex situation, but it also requires you to detail how you did it and why it went well. But do not worry, there is a simple approach that will help you tackle this so you can ace that interview!
Firstly, let’s look at what STAR stands for.
Situation: Describe the situation you chose as your example. Set the scene so the interviewer knows all the necessary details. Where were you? What happened? Who was involved? What were you doing before the event happened?
Task: Describe what your task was in that situation. What was your role in the event? Who or what were you responsible for?
Action: Detail every step you took to resolve the situation. What did you do or say to the involved parties to resolve the situation? How did you do or say it?
Result: Explain what happened as a result of your approach.
Following this method will help you form a thorough answer to all the varieties of this question, and the STAR acronym will make it easy to remember on the spot! Practice this and you will be able to ace the interview you are preparing for!
The STAR method is also great to use in your CV and cover letter to illustrate how and when you used a particular skill or shown a personal quality. Examples are crucial at most stages of the interviewing process, because if you simply say “I am good at…” there is nothing to support that statement. However, if you use an example and follow the STAR method, you will be able to confidently prove how you are suited for the job.
Good luck and don’t forget that you can get in touch with us if you need advice – firstname.lastname@example.org