Hiring managers typically ask job candidates the same set of questions—and they often hear the same set of boring, generic answers. You aren’t boring or generic. But, you aren’t sure how to stand out from the other applicants without resorting to a gimmick. This is where the STAR interview method can help.
Not only will it help you stand out, it’s also an effective way to show the interviewer that you’ve got the skills for the job.
What Is the STAR Method?
The STAR method (sometimes also called SAR) is a technique that helps you answer interview questions using specific and concrete examples of your skills. Using this method helps you effectively tackle any interview questions in a few easy steps.
STAR stands for Situation, Task, Action, Result. According to Brie Reynolds, career development manager and career coach at FlexJobs, the STAR method “gives you a chance to paint a picture for the employer. By telling them a specific story to answer their question, you’re engaging them on a deeper level. They can picture you doing specific tasks. And, better yet, they’re picturing you doing a task well and getting a great result.”
When you’re answering any interview question, remember the letters and what they stand for, then answer each letter in order. This will help guide your response and keep you on track.
But, figuring out how and when to use the STAR method can be tricky. If you aren’t careful, you may paint the wrong picture for the interviewer.
When to Use the STAR Method
The STAR method works best with behavioral questions. Don’t know what that is? Behavioral interview questions usually start with phrases like:
read how to use the method via FlexJobs