The 1 Word You Need To Remember During A Job Interview

Barun Kumar Gupta
Jun 10, 2019   •  82 views

There's one type of interview question that can trip up even the most polished of candidates. It's called a behavioral based question, and it starts with the phrase, "Tell me about a time when . . ."

Someexamples of behavioral based questionsinclude:

Tell me about a time when . . .

. . . you went above and beyond the call of duty to get a job done.

. . . you had to work on a project under a tight deadline.

. . . you had to act with very little planning.

. . . you tried to accomplish something but failed.

. . . you delegated a project effectively.

Suddenly your mind is blank, your palms are sweaty, and you might even experience a fight-or-flight response as you nervously assess your exit options. In this situation, take a deep breath and recall one word: STAR. At an event hosted byNew York Women in Communications, panelist Laura Burkart ofSuperflyadvised attendees to review behavioral based questions before an interview and prepare some answers using this acronym:

S = Situation

Describe the relevant circumstances of the situation.

T = Task

Define the challenge that was presented to you.

A = Action

Give specific examples of your role in the situation and what actions you took.

R = Result

Explain the outcome of the situation (if possible, use quantities) and specify what you learned or achieved.

This is a great opportunity to make your past work for you. If you have some well-worded (and well-practiced)stories ready to go, you'll rock the interview and turn into theirstarcandidate