How to Prepare For STAR Interview Technique- JobMindz
Imagine the situation… You’re in an interview for a placement or internship.
You are looking particularly dashing on this day. A rival interviewee has already commented on how much they admire your choice of shoe. You immediately build a rapport with the interviewer and are soon exchanging jests and witty jibes.
The interview is going very, very well.
And then, they ask you a competency-based question… (such as)
- Can you provide us with an example of a situation when you worked as part of a team to achieve a goal?
- What is the main challenge you have faced at work? How did you tackle it? Did you learn anything from the experience?
- What are your main strengths?
- What are your main weaknesses?
- How have you worked to improve them?
- How would your friends describe you?
- How would your enemies describe you?
The STAR interview technique is the best method of answering competency-based questions. Interviewers ask these types of questions to find out if a candidate has the skills and behaviors that are required for a particular job.
The STAR method will help you form a well-articulated response that is based on your previous experience and backed up by examples of said experience.
What is S.T.A.R?
What was the situation you were faced with? When did it happen?
What was the task? What was the objective of the task?
What actions did you take to achieve your objective? How did you tackle the challenges you faced?
What was the result of your actions? How was your success measured? Did you learn anything from this situation?
How to Practice STAR Interview Technique?
Meet Harish. Harish is interviewing for a finance internship at ABCD Financial Company. In the interview, a question is put to Harish…
‘So Harish, describe a situation in which you led a team…’
I was working at W.H. Smiths as a sales assistant when we rebranded the store for ABCD Financial Company.
My job was to ensure the Complete Sales process was completed in time, and that staff maintained a high level of customer service increased.
To support my manager with the Sales process, I had regular meetings and stayed in contact with the service providers. I managed my time effectively so that I could oversee the Complete Sales process and continue with all of my shop floor duties at the same time.
Feedback from the rebrand was widely positive, customers were particularly excited about the all the services. There was a 60% increase in sales (year-on-year) for that week, and I was rewarded with Employee of the Month for my troubles.