Questions Asked in a STAR Interview

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Hi, I m Alan of Interview Success Formula. So you want to be prepared for the questions
in your upcoming STAR interview. And avoid those critical mistakes that can cost you
the job. s dive into what questions you can expect. Quick note: This presentation won
t just give you a long laundry list of questions. While you will see some example questions,
it is designed to teach you how you can identify the right questions ahead of time. First,
a quick review of what the STAR interview method is. STAR is an acronym that stands
for situation, task, action, result. This method requires you to give your answers in
the form of a story. When you do this right, your well-structured story proves that you
have the experience to do the job. Now, back to the questions you can expect to be asked:
Because story answers can take longer, you will likely be asked a lot fewer questions
with the STAR method, sometimes totaling something like four to six. With fewer total questions,
each one must address a critical skill required for the job. Typical questions include: Tell
me about your biggest accomplishment. Tell me a time you failed (and how you overcame
it). Describe a situation where you worked on a team. There are many other possibilities,
perhaps hundreds. Yet, it can be easy for you to anticipate the questions asked: All
you need to do is first review the job description. Then, determine which skills and abilities
are most essential to doing the job (which can be pretty easy when you do it right).
For instance, say I am interviewing to be a project manager in a deadline driven environment.
The hiring organization will want to know about my: leadership skills, decision-making
skills, ability to perform under pressure, ability to meet deadlines, and people skills.
The questions I can then expect in a STAR interview will ask me to prove that I have
these desired skills: Tell me about your most successful project. Tell me about a time when
you had to make a difficult decision quickly. Describe a situation where you faced a lot
of pressure and still met the deadline. Describe an experience where one of the members of
your team wasn t performing, and how you got them back on track. As you can see, all these
questions are just asking me about the required skills to do this job well. Only they begin
with Tell me about a time when or Describe a situation where... The key step is to really
understand the position and what the organization wants. These questions can be framed both
positively, Tell me a time you succeeded or negatively, Tell me about a mistake. So think
about both positive or negative versions Some of the broad topics you can generally expect
include: Dealing with a customer/patient/client/student Working on a team (as either the leader or
team member) Delivering results / completing a big project or assignment Applying a certain
technical skill (Microsoft Excel, AutoCAD, a scientific instrument) Applying a certain
soft skill (people skills, analytical thinking, etc) Performing well in a certain environment
(high pressure, multiple projects, no clear instructions). One key to success: Think about
the questions that are most likely for your position. Then focus your time and energy
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