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You secured an interview at the company you’ve been eyeing for months! Congratulations! Only now, the pressure is really on. You want to put your best foot forward in your interview, so you need a reliable method for preparing answers that will convince your interviewer that you’re the best person for the job. While practicing the interview with a career coach is probably the best way to prepare, one way to craft deeper interview answers is to tell a compelling story that’s relevant to the question your interviewer asks. Here are four easy steps—the STAR method—to build the perfect interview answer to sell your well-honed skills.

Situation

Describe the setting of the experience. Answer questions like:

  • Where were you working and when?
  • What was your role?

Task

Describe a specific situation that relates to the question your interviewer may ask.

  • What was the problem and its cause?
  • What would the consequences be if it wasn’t solved?

Action

Describe what you did in response to the problem.

  • How did you react?
  • What steps did you take?

Result

Describe how the situation played out as a result of your response. 

  • How did the situation end?
  • What did you learn during this experience?

The STAR method is a great framework to answering questions in a smooth and easy-to-follow way without getting off-topic or over-describing. Even so, you’ll be much more confident in your interview if you practice your answers with a professional who is adept in finding and developing talent. Crosworks offers this type of interview coaching for individuals. Schedule an introductory call today and start practicing for that dream job!

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