The STAR Method


The STAR method is a structured manner of responding to interview question by discussing the specific situation, task, action, and result of the situation you are describing. 

Situation: Describe the situation that you were in or the task that you needed to accomplish. Describe a specific and 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. 

Task: What goal were you working toward? 

Action: Describe the actions you took to address the situation with an appropriate amount of detail and keep the focus on your specific contributions. 

Result: Describe the outcome of your actions. What happened? How did the event end?

What did you accomplish? What did you learn? 


Some things to consider when using the STAR are:

ü  Include specific descriptions and details

ü  Have more than one example ready from different areas of your life

ü  Describe the outcome and how you came to it