What is a STAR Method Interview?

Are you attending a competency based interview and are expected to answer your questions in the STAR format? Here at JobTestPrep we are proud to unveil a new set of articles to enable you to answer these questions with grace and aplomb, showing off your full range of abilities.
 
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Many companies expect their candidates to answer questions posed in an interview in the STAR method. These companies include: BBC, Harrods, Debenhams, Lloyds, Lloyds Banking Group, Microsoft, BP, GSK, PwC, and HSBC to name but a few.

Attending an interview, be it over the telephone or in person, is a stressful time. What to say, how to say it, your behaviour, your style of speech as well as many other things come under the microscope. Over the coming weeks, we will be going through many popular questions asked in these Star Method interviews providing examples and techniques on how best to answer them, to help you overcome these issues and improve your ability in your job application.

The STAR Method

One of the most popular methods for answering questions in interviews is the STAR method and we will outline this below. In a two minute answer you will be painting a picture, showcasing not only your skills but how you have used them in a past experience. STAR stands for:

S: Situation

T: Task

A: Action

R: Result


Situation means that you need to paint a picture in a general sense. In the Situation part of the answer, you need to describe the background to the main event. 

Task is where you include the specifics. Whilst in the Situation you were merely opening the story, in the Task you are getting into the nitty gritty of the problem. You need to describe why it was such a big problem and why you were the one to deal with it.

Action is really where you are aiming to get to the bottom of the story. You have been faced with a big challenge- how did you deal with it? What plan did you put into action to ensure the desired outcome?

Result is wrapping up the story. After building up the problem and solution you now have to explain how you got the desired result and what this achieved in the long run.

These answers should take no more than two minutes and instead of just a simple yes when asked “Have you ever been in charge of a team? How did you deal with this. You, with the STAR method will be able to give a full picture of yourself and your skills at the same time.




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