“We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle.” - Marilyn Monroe ✨
There are many types of interviews, from the free flowing to the formal, but one that you are likely to come up against at some point is the competency-based interview.
They're designed to make the job application process as objective as possible, removing any conscious or subconscious bias by the interviewer by asking each candidate the same questions.
The interview questions tend to start with a variation of, "Tell me about a time when…" This may sound simple but, in the heat of the interview, it's easy to give an unstructured answer, miss out key details, or let the story peter to a halt.
One way of avoiding this is by using the Star acronym to structure your response.
💫 Situation: set the context for your story.
💫 Task: what was required of you.
💫 Activity: what you actually did.
💫 Result: how well the situation played out. .
Used at its best, the Star structure is invisible to the listener and it simply comes across as a well-articulated example. Always ensure to create a bank of answers in this format in advance, so you avoid struggling on the day – and you shine ahead of the competition. ✨
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