Your actions and results define who you are in other people’s eyes, and being able to tell people about yourself through stories which put you in a good light is an extremely powerful way to show your value. Becoming an expert in short structured story telling is the best way to answer competency based and behavioral interview questions. The STAR Method is the easiest way to get it right under pressure.
Level 1 – The Basics of the STAR Model
Then STAR Story model contains these parts in order.
- Situation: Open with a brief description of the Situation and context of the story (who, what, where, when, how).
- Task: Explain the Task you had to complete highlighting any specific challenges or constraint (eg deadlines, costs, other issues).
- Action: Describe the specific Actions that you took to complete the task. These should highlight desirable traits without needing to state them (initiative, intelligence, dedication, leadership, understanding, etc.)
- Result: Close with the result of your efforts. Include figures to quantify the result if possible.