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.