Giving a STAR interview
The great news is you’ve got an interview coming up. The slightly less great news is there are also several other candidates interviewing for the same position. The best way to stand out from the other candidates and ensure you and all the excellent attributes you bring to the position leave a lasting impression on the interviewer is preparation.
You will be asked about previous positions and some of your key skills. A short description of those things will sound similar to short descriptions the other candidates are giving.
Before your interview starts imagine the sorts of questions you’ll be asked and then prepare answers with tangible, specific examples of what you did and how that benefited the company you worked for (and by extrapolation how your skills will benefit your new workplace). You want to prepare STAR answers.
Describe a situation you were in, the issues that needed to be addressed.
Go into detail about the task you had to contend with.
Describe the action you took. Exactly what you did. Maximize your answer by showing your reasoning and problem solving skills.
How did the situation play out? What did you accomplish? What were the benefits? What did you learn?
By breaking down your answers in advance with this method not only will you remember to say everything you want to say, you’ll also avoid rambling through your answers. By describing specific situations rather than giving generalized answers you will give the interviewer a better idea of who you are as a person as well as the skills you possess and your approach to life. You’ll stand out as a star candidate!