Beyond all the tips above a vital framework to adapt to for Behavioral Interviews is the STAR technique. STAR stands for Situation, Task, Action, and Result. This is an important structure to maintain when answering specially situational-based questions. It helps you remain concise and to the point. It allows you to create a clear story based on your real-life examples and not fumbling on unnecessary details. I am going to provide an example answer based on a sample question. For e.g. if you were asked: “Can you describe a time when your boss was not around and you had to take care of an urgent situation. What did you do?”
This part is mainly to start answering the question and set the flow to your Action and Result. Spend as little time as you can on this section. For e.g. you can say: “I can remember one of the times when a presentation had to be put together on a last-minute for leadership and my boss was out of office”
Start mentioning the specific tasks that you did for the situation described. Be specific like: “As a senior member of the team it was my responsibility to prepare the presentation with the help of other team members.”
Mention the actions you took for the task to be accomplished. I would say: “I scheduled an immediate meeting with all my team members and took their opinion on what can be done to complete the presentation”. When talking about Action an important thing specifically is to focus on “I” rather than “we”. The interviewer here specifically is interested to know what specifically you did for that particular situation.
Your response should address what happened to the action that was taken. I would say: “The leadership was very happy with the presentation and gave them a good idea for the next steps about the product”. You can also mention “They really applauded me for the presentation! I really learned a lot by preparing the presentation and unlocking my potential of accomplishing it in such a quick time.” It could be also like: “My project helped the organization to save X million dollars!”
Remember Action and Result are most important! The interviewer wants to know what did you do and how impactful it was. So make sure you give a quantifiable result if possible. If it is not quantifiable, try providing a result that is impressive.
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