STAR Method for Behavioral Interviews

For behavioral interviews, the STAR model can help you address all the points of the question that the recruiter is looking for. It provides a realistic and predictable way you might perform with situations do occur. The STAR method is an abbreviation for citing the Situation, Task, Action you took, and Results you achieved. A detailed description is the acronym is found below.

  1. Situation: Describe the situation in a detailed, and concise way for the interviewer to understand
  2. Task: What was the objective, or what needed to be accomplished
  3. Action you took: How did you help resolve the situation. Did you work individually or was it a team effort?
  4. Results you achieved: What happened in the end and what did you learn from it?


Examples of behavioral questions

  • Describe a situation in which you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way
  • Describe a time where you dealt with a stressful situation and your coping skills
  • Describe an example of when you achieved a goal that you set


Interviewing Etiquette

Treat your job interview like a special occasion. To prepare for your interview, you should consider dressing up in a professional attire, and shower. You should also put on a subtle amount of perfume or cologne to mask any body odor. Remember to bring extra copies of your resume and arrive on time. Your first impression could be your last impression, so make sure you stand out in an extraordinary way to the recruiters.


Online Professionalism

What you post online plays a more significant factor in your chances of getting hired than you may think. Your social media accounts could prevent or increase your chances of getting a job, depending on what you post. Your recruiters might turn down your job application if you post inappropriate, negative, or discriminatory content. Examples include posting pictures about drinking, and drugs, which cause employers to question your professionalism.

On the other hand, your social media platform could be advantageous if you are using it conservatively and professionally. Your online presence could help confirm your personality to fit the company’s work culture, and professionalism skills. By checking your social media, your employers will be able to get a sense of what working with you would be like to confirm your qualifications.

It’s important to consider your online professionalism because employers DO check your social media. It allows your employers to see your background to determine if your personality and values align with the company’s.

How to Answer Popular Questions

  1. Tell me about yourself
    1. When you are asked this question, keep this answer related to your career and relevant past experiences. Other additional points that are good to bring up are your strengths and career goals. Avoid rambling about your life which includes your hometown, things you like doing for fun, family, or background. If you answer this question concisely and correctly, the interviewer will have a good transition to ask you better questions that will strengthen your interview overall.

  2. What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
    1. Your greatest weakness can be advantageous if you know how to describe it correctly. You should tell your interviewer about a real weakness that would not interfere with your performance for the position. You should also proceed to describe how you are working to change because you recognize that you have room for improvement.

  3. Describe a time when there was an issue; how did you handle it?
    1. When you are asked this question, the recruiter wants to see how you would handle the problem and understand the steps in which you would take to solve the problem. Some qualities that you could highlight deal with your patience, collaborative effort, and responsibility. As long as you handled the problem professionally, your answer should be solid.

  4. Why do you want to work for us?
    1. Before your interview, you should research and learn about the company’s mission statement and industry. You could use these pointers as reasoning of why you want to work with them. By having knowledge of the company, this will show that you are interested and have taken the initiative to learn more about the company from your free will. You could also answer this question by saying that you like the work culture and are looking to challenge yourself.


More Common Questions

  1. What makes you a qualified candidate?
  2. Questions pertaining to the position the recruiter is interviewing for
  3. Why should we hire you?
  4. What do you know about our company?
  5. Why did you leave your last job?
  6. What accomplishment are you most proud of?
  7. Where do you see yourself in five years?
  8. What are you looking for in this job position?
  9. How have you demonstrated leadership?
  10. How do you handle stress?


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