When it comes to preparing for an interview, where do you start?

Being unprepared may leave you feeling anxious as you approach your interview, and could demonstrate a lack of interest in the organisation and role.

Over preparing, whilst it seems like the logical thing to do, could potentially be your down-fall. A question outside of your extensive preparation may just throw you off track.

The STAR method is a structured manner of responding to behavioural-based interview questions by discussing the specific situation, task, action, and result of the situation you are describing.

⭐️ SITUATION: Describe the context of the scenario/event.
Example – Working with conflicting deadlines.

⭐️ TASK: Explain the task that was at hand including your responsibilities and expected outcome.
Example – Two clients demanding their tasks were completed by close of business. Not enough notice was provided to action their requests within the required time frame.

⭐️ ACTION: Describe the specific actions you took to complete the task. Be specific about your personal involvement/responsibilities.
Example – Asked a colleague for assistance to complete the tasks. Advised both clients that for future X amount of notice is required.

⭐️ RESULT: Explain the outcome.
Example – The clients were appreciative their requests were actioned promptly and acknowledged future notice required.

Give this a go next time you are preparing for an important interview!

Article written by Hayley Heaton.

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