The Need-to-Know Formula for Answering Those Dreaded Interview Questions

If you haven’t already heard of the STAR interview technique, let us introduce you…

Every time an interviewer says “give me an example of a time when you were ‘insert work scenario’ they expect a concise and enlightening answer. If you follow these steps, this will become your go-to tool for all those nerve-racking interrogations!

Situation - Describe a recent challenge you found yourself facing.

Task - Explain what was required of you.

Action - Recount what you did and what the alternative situations were.

Result - Express the key outcomes of the situation and what you have learnt.

Example of Teamwork: Tell me about a team project when you had to work with someone difficult.

Situation: Five of us were put together in a team, despite one person trying to take over all the responsibilities.

Task: Create an online advertising campaign.

Action: I suggested we go round in a circle and quick fire our strongest skills and our weaknesses. This allowed us to see how we fitted together as a group and the uses we have to offer.

Result: We now lean on each other’s strengths, when necessary and trust each other.

The key is to show off your interpersonal, problem solving, creative (etc) skills. Deconstruct the question and always think about what they want to know from that question. Try not to repeat the skills you are demonstrating but you can repeat the scenarios if it’s appropriate.

Now go forth and dazzle!