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Behavioral interviewing is a popular approach to assess a candidate’s past experiences and judge his/her response to similar situations on a future job. The employer is looking for patterns and trends in your behavior and then considering if they match up with the needs of the company and the specific role you are applying to. It is very important to provide well structured answers to these types of questions. To achieve this, we recommend the STAR technique.
What is the STAR Technique?
The STAR technique is a widely known and often used acronym that helps people develop a really great answer to any interview question in a logical format. It works exceptionally well for competency based or behavioural style interview questions
S – Situation Describe the specific situation you were in or the task you needed to complete. This is where you set up the story but remember to be concise.
T – Task Specify the goal or measurable target you were working towards. You can highlight the key challenges the task presented here just make sure you are clear about the details.
A – Action Describe the specific actions you took to address the situation. This should be a detailed response focused on what you did not what the team did. It should showcase all your skills including soft skills and displays of emotional intelligence.
R – Result Clearly describe the outcome of your actions. What happened? How did things end? What did you accomplish? What did you learn?
The ‘STAR’ technique is probably the best method to structure answers to interview questions. By following this simple technique, you can narrate direct, meaningful, personalized experiences that best demonstrate your qualifications and really showcase your verbal communication skills.
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