Looking to be a super star at your next interview? Masai Lawson, senior manager of talent acquisition and inclusion, has an easy formula to help you become one.
“The STAR method is a behavioral interview technique that allows employers to understand more about your traits and characteristics. You explain a prior work situation anecdotally, provide specifics regarding the tasks required, detail the actions you took to complete those tasks, and lastly, explain the results of the situation,” says Lawson. “Answering questions this way provides the interviewer with an opportunity to better understand your ability to solve problems, your leadership style, and many other areas you may need to demonstrate to be effective in the role you are targeting.”
Some go-to interview questions and scenarios job seekers can apply the STAR method to include:
- What is your greatest strength and why?
- What is your greatest weakness and why?
- Tell me about your greatest accomplishment and why you chose it.
- Tell me about a time X happened and what you did about it.
Prior to your interview, take some time to think through 3-5 situations you can easily draw from to apply the STAR method. This will enable you to think quickly on your feet during your interview, particularly in instances where you might be asked to discuss a negative situation.