Saturday, July 17, 2010

Answering behavioral interview questions questions-the STAR Technique

When answering behavioral interivew questions,  the STAR technique. STAR is an acronym that stands for "Situation"  , "Task" , "Action"  "Result".

Situation - When and where did this take place? What was your role? What problems occured in this situation that you had to face?
Task-What needed to be done? Was there a deadline? Was there a crisis?
Action- What specifically did you do in this situation? (Describe in detail).
Result-What was the result ( crisis averted? increased sales?)

When answering,  be explicit, so the emploer has a clear picture of what you can actually do.
Give examples, and  tell stories. Describe how  you demonstrated certain key skills in a specific situation. Illustrate concretely that you are ready to do the job and can take on different situations.

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