Interviewing is a conversation that utilizes your persuasion and communication skills to demonstrate your personality, knowledge, skills, abilities, and fit to an organization. Organizations employ different kinds of interview formats and questions to find their perfect candidates. For specifics on technical interviewing, case interviewing, and other industry-specific interviews, please see the resources in the appropriate Career Community.
This Interviewing Strategies online course will provide steps and resources for interviewing success.
Use the S.T.A.R. Method for Answering Interview Questions
S.T.A.R. is a formula for creating your best response to behavioral-based questions. Interviewers expect you to present your thoughts and experience in this manner. Don’t worry, however, you’ll see that the S.T.A.R. method is no different than the basics of any good story composition.
“As a group, we developed a plan to distribute the work between us. However, after the first few weeks, it became apparent that one of our team members was not completing her part of the project and she missed one of our group meetings. The rest of the team decided that we needed to reengage her.”
“I took the initiative to set up a meeting with her where we discussed her interest in the project as well as the other academic responsibilities. After talking with her, it was clear that if we changed her contributions to tasks that better fit her skills and interests, she would most likely contribute at a higher level.”
“It turned out that the team could redistribute tasks without compromising so every member got to work on the pieces of the project that were of most interest to them. In the end, we completed the project and received positive feedback from our professor.”
- A strong STAR response will last one to two minutes.
- Be brief in your setup. Give just enough background or contextual information for your story to make sense.
- The result is critical. Everything in your example builds towards this component.
- Use the structure of the acronym for direction if you forget what you were saying. If all else fails, skip to the R, result.
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After the interview:
Send a thank-you note While a hand-written thank you will definitely be noticed, in the interest of time (especially if their process is moving quickly) an email is ok if you have the proper contact information. If the interview was with multiple people, make sure to include everyone (a personal note to each with a detail about them or their contribution will really make you stand out).
Determine a salary range you expect in case they ask Be ready to answer with an acceptable salary range and a single salary that you’d want to start with, in case they use it for future negotiation.
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