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Answer difficult interview questions: The STAR Technique

Are you a good communicator? The answer, of course, is yes; you’ll never be asked this in an interviewer and say no to this question. Which is why an employer will never ask you something like this. They’ll ask, instead, “Can you give me an example of a time when you have shown good communication skills?”

This is much harder. So how do you answer something like this? We use something called the STAR technique:

ituation

Task

Action

Result

Describe when you used the skill, the situation. Then, what were you trying to achieve using that skill? Next, the action – what did you do, and how did you do it? Finally, the result: what happened as a result of what you did?

This formula can really help to answer these questions, building an answer that demonstrates that you have the skill and experience they are looking for. As an example: read more