Be the Master of Your Career Universe: How to Nail the STAR Method
by monsterstaff, published 09/25/2013
- Situation. What were the workplace circumstances?
- Task. What was it you needed to accomplish?
- Action. How did you execute to complete your task?
- Results. What happened as a result of your actions? What did you learn?
- Focus on you, even if it feels uncomfortable. A lot of people work on teams and do collaborations, but it’s crucial to stress what you did even in a team environment. Managers can’t hire the team, they can only hire you.
- Turn a negative into a positive. If you’re asked about a difficult experience in the workplace, that’s not a bad thing. How do you perform when everything’s not going right? Explain what you learned and walk the recruiter through how you prevented the situation from happening again.
- Plan ahead. In many instances, companies post information and sample questions on the jobs section of their website, so take advantage. Have someone you feel comfortable with do a mock interview with you beforehand.
- Know when to zip your lips! There’s a delicate balance between being thorough while being succinct. From your situation to the final results, keep your story between three to five minutes or you’re likely to lose the recruiter.
- Don’t be general. Ban phrases such as “I usually do this.” Talk specifically about what you did do.