Whether it’s your first graduate job, summer internship or work experience, make sure you display STAR qualities in your interview.
With questions such as:
- ‘Tell me about a time when you worked in a team….
- ….when your communication skills contributed to the success of an event……
- ….when you solved a difficult (non-academic) problem…..’
– competency questions appear with great regularity on application forms, and come back to haunt you at interview – so it pays to refine your STAR qualities.
What does this mean? It means being analytical in your response, not purely descriptive.
So think STAR!
- S – a brief description of the Situation
- T – outline the Task to be done
- A – talk through the Action you took (NB you, not we, in team questions)
- R – what was the Result of your actions
Need an example? –
|Situation||I am on the committee of the University’s Landscape Photography Club. There are 6 members on the committee.|
|Task||We arrange an exhibition of students’ work every year. Last year due to a lack of co-ordination we found ourselves behind in getting the venue set up.|
|Action||I organised a meeting where I suggested a systematic plan with each committee member agreeing to take on specific jobs. I checked progress throughout and reported back to the committee .|
|Result||We co-operated and communicated more effectively and this meant we caught up and managed to open the exhibition on time.|
Whether in writing or verbally at the interview, giving examples of competencies or strengths, if you stick to being a STAR, you wont go far wrong.
Final impressions also make a big impact – so make sure yours is positive – think of the questions you want to ask – get ideas here – and leave with a smile and a thank you.
Find out more on applications and interviews via our web resources (advice, downloads and videos), and make sure you practice being a STAR, and get more ideas for your own questions, via our Interview Simulator resource on MyCareerHub, (find it under the Resources tab).
Make sure your STAR qualities shine at your interview.