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STAR Stories to Supercharge Your Next Job Interview

The golden rule to supercharge your next job interview is to follow the S.T.A.R. Method: Situation, Task, Action, Results. The method will help you to prepare and structure your responses to interview questions like ‘Tell me about a time when…’. You will be more organised, specific, reflective, and concise in your answers and in turn feel less anxious and more capable.

The S.T.A.R. Method is perfect for behavioural interviewing techniques. Job interviews that use behavioural questions assume that you past behaviour is one of the best predictors for your future performance. That’s why you will be asked a ‘Tell me about a time when…’ type question at your next job interview. Here are some example questions you can use to prepare for your interview to create “S.T.A.R.  Stories” that demonstrate your skills, expertise, and personal qualities:

Communication: Tell me about a time you were able to adapt you communication style to different people.

Initiative: Tell me about a time that you acted rather than reacted at work.

Leadership: Describe an experience where you used your leadership skills.

Overcoming challenges: Give me an example of a time you overcame a challenging situation in a team.

Problem solving: Tell me about a time when you solved a significant problem at your work.

Time management: Tell me about a time when you had to organise and plan a large event.

To answer these type of behavioural questions successfully, you need to understand the skills and expertise you bring to the job, your accomplishments, and how to back up your claims with real examples from your past experience. Be as specific and relevant as possible and be prepared to provide examples of occasions when results turned out differently than you had expected. Demonstrating your claims with specific actions and results is where the S.T.A.R. Method will help you shine.

Let’s take a closer look at the S.T.A.R. Method.

Situation

  • Think of a situation–at work, as a volunteer, in your community–where you had a positive outcome.

Task

  • Describe the tasks–activity, duties, responsibilities–you were involved in.

Action

  • Specify what actions you took in the situation to complete the tasks and achieve your results.

Results

  • Detail what results followed due to your actions.

What next? Book you individual introductory coaching session to help you recognize your strengths, showcase your skills and expertise, and enact your unique stories using the S.T.A.R. Method to get the job you want and help you to thrive in the world of work.

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