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Do You Shine During Your Interview?

Interviewing is no longer a come-as-you-are event. It requires research, preparation and practice!

You can learn a lot from improvisational actors. They’ve pre-planned their entire act! They know the content they’ll use, no matter the situation. They are masters of “thinking on their feet!” You can do this too!

Start with STAR stories.

star accomplishment statementsThe STAR acronym helps you structure your answers. S stands for the situation. This is where you provide a very high level overview of the scenario. T stands for the task you were assigned or took the initiative to solve. In other words, describe in one sentence what made the situation a challenge. A stands for the actions you took. Use bullet points to state what you did, step by step. And finally, R stands for results. This would be the quantifiable outcomes of the steps you took to resolve the situation and challenge. You can download a worksheet here.

You can read the twinkling details over at On Careers

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  • Dorlee August 26, 2012, 10:41 am

    Hi Hannah,
    The STAR technique is such a powerful tool to illustrate a jobseeker’s strengths. Thank you for sharing this wonderful worksheet to help facilitate the process.
    I don’t know if you saw but I loved this post so much that I referenced it in my post “How To Manage Your Career When Unemloyed.”

  • Dorlee August 26, 2012, 10:47 am

    Hi Hannah,
    The STAR technique is such a powerful way for a jobseeker to illustrate his/her strengths. Thank you for sharing the wonderful worksheet as a tool to facilitate the process.
    I don’t know if you saw but I loved this post so much that I cited it in my post “How to Manage Your Career When Unemployed.”

    • careersherpa August 26, 2012, 8:28 pm

       @Dorlee Thanks. I use STAR development to help career changers too. It does a great job of highlighting the re-occurring skills used. Usually the ones they take for granted.  Thanks for the mention in your post! It is so great to have talented experts to collaborate and share with!