We want all our clients to shine bright! Not only when it comes to your resume, but also throughout the job-hunting process. That is why we want to talk about the S.T.A.R. method in relation to interviews, and how you can incorporate this idea into your next job interview.

What is the S.T.A.R. method?

The S.T.A.R. method is a simple four step process that can be applied to any problem-solving question asked by the hiring manager. Generally, the questions will be easily recognizable as they commonly begin with something like:

  • Tell me about a time when…
  • Have you ever…
  • Give me an example of…
  • Describe a time when…

Now that the question has been asked of you, what do you do next? Well, this is where the S.T.A.R. method comes into play in helping you successfully answer the question. The S.T.A.R. acronym stands for the following:

(S)ituation: Create the scene, and give key details

(T)ask: Detail your responsibilities

(A)ction: Explain the steps you took to solve the problem

(R)esult: Share the outcome

Breaking your answer down into specific parts will help you clearly outline the issue, what your role was, and how you solved the problem. Hiring managers want to hear about your thought process and the steps you took to help find a resolution. It is also important to highlight what you have learned, and how you will apply the same process to the position for which you are applying.

Keep in mind that there is no problem too small, so be sure to use your past, professional experiences to help set you up for success in answering these types of questions. It is good practice to consider having both a short and extended version of your examples so that you can answer concisely but are able to elaborate if needed. Prior to your interview, think about 2-3 examples, so that you are prepared to answer; we can guarantee you will have several of these questions in your interview.

The S.T.A.R. method helps to show potential employers that you are a capable problem solver and can learn from your successes, as well as your failures.

We hope that you can apply the S.T.A.R. method in your next interview! If you have questions regarding an upcoming interview, or about your resume, contact our team of wordsmiths today!