Your ‘STAR’ interview

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Interviewing for a job can be terrifying! If you’re like me, then you hate behavioral based questions. I haven’t quite figured out yet if my negative sentiments towards behavioral based questions are a good thing or a bad thing. I like to answer technical questions that best relate to my related technical skills, ‘what-if questions’ tend to make me overthink.  Nonetheless, the STAR method is sure to help.

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Most companies use the STAR method when conducting interviews. Everyone has had an experience or two with STAR method, whether you’ve realized it or not.

Check it out below:

Situation or Task-  This is the part of the interview  where you describe the situation that you were in or the task that you needed to accomplish. Typically, you’ll describe a specific event or situation of what you have experienced in the past. Be sure to give enough detail for the interviewer to understand. This situation can be from a previous job,from a volunteer experience, or any relevant event.

Action – Describe the action you took within a problem. Don’t tell what you might do, tell what you did.
Results – What were the results that you achieved and what happened? How did the event end? What did you accomplish? What did you learn?

Remember to try to keep eye contact with your interviewer,  make sure to prep your answers in the STAR format prior to your interview and you’ll ace that interview!

What are some other tips that have helped you for an interview?

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