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STAR Interviewing Response Technique for Success in Behavioral Job Interviews
One strategy for job-seekers preparing for behavioral interviews is to use the STAR Technique, as outlined below. (This technique is often referred to as the SAR and PAR techniques as well.)
Read up on the technique, and then try it out with our list of sample behavioral interview questions. Read one SAR Story.
|Describe the situation that you were in or the task that you needed to accomplish. You must describe a specific event or situation, not a generalized description of what you have done in the past. Be sure to give enough detail for the interviewer to understand. This situation can be from a previous job, from a volunteer experience, or any relevant event.|
Action you took
|Describe the action you took and be sure to keep the focus on you. Even if you are discussing a group project or effort, describe what you did -- not the efforts of the team. Don't tell what you might do, tell what you did.|
Results you achieved
|What happened? How did the event end? What did you accomplish? What did you learn?|
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