STAR Interviewing Technique

What is STAR ?

During an interview, you might be asked about your strengths, weaknesses, previous jobs and professional skills. Use the Star Interviewing format below to write out your answers before your interview to these types of questions so you will be best prepared when asked these questions.

Be specific in your examples and mention the the Situation (Client), Task (Your Job Title), Action (What You Did), and the Results (What You Achieved).

Situation or Task : 

Describe the situation that you were in or the task that you needed to accomplish. You must describe a specific event or situation, not a generalized description of what you have done in the past. Be sure to give enough detail for the interviewer to understand. This situation can be from a previous job.

Action you took :

Describe the action you took and be sure to keep the focus on you. Even if you are discussing a group project or effort, describe what you did — not the efforts of the team. Don’t tell what you might do, tell what you did.

Results you achieved:

What happened? How did the event end? What did you accomplish? What did you learn?

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