Have you had a moment where you didn’t know how to answer a specific question from the interviewer or you didn’t know how to formulate your answer? Are you unsure as to how you can set the tone right for your answer without people misunderstanding you?
There is a method that could allow you to answer your interview question better called the STAR interview response method. This helps you form your response without lacking or giving too much details by providing concrete examples or proof of experience and skill.
What is S.T.A.R.?
The STAR method stands for Situation, Task, Action, Result. Following the order of the method, you first describe the event or situation in which you performed a certain job. You state the scenario from a work experience or even a volunteer position. After, you explain the task or responsibility you had to complete in the said situation. This is followed by describing the specific actions on how you completed the task or met the challenge. Here, you have to focus on what you did and not what the other people did. Lastly, you wrap up the conversation by explaining the ending result generated from the actions taken.
This method is useful regardless of the question you are asked. Here is an example on how we use the method in a response about your contribution for an academic output. I was the team leader on a group project. I had to complete the group report within 2 weeks and made sure that the group was able to accomplish a section of the paper per day. Lastly, I made sure and was able to submit the group report on time.
You can apply this method when the interviewer asks you to describe or share a situation where you were able to show a competent skill.
What is the STAR interview response technique?
The STAR interview response technique is more specific than just the STAR method itself. It is a way of answering interview questions about your behavior, specifically how you handled certain work situations. Employers use this method to analyze jobs and define skills and qualities that high-performing employees show. Hence it is used as a performance predictor of past employees by employers for future candidates. For example, employers may look for proof of creativity and perseverance from you and they would use what they have seen from past employees for comparison. While some employers already use the STAR method in drafting their questions, you can also use this method to prepare for interview questions, especially those that look into your job behavior.
By knowing the STAR method, you now have a path or at least a guide as to how you can answer concisely and properly without sounding unprepared and flustered. Don’t forget that you can ask for time to write down your answers in the STAR method if you need the extra time!