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The STAR Technique for Answering Questions

Star Outline


S Situation

Detail the Background.  Provide a Context.  Where?  When?  Describe a specific event or situation, not a generalized description of what you have done in the past. Be sure to give enough detail for the interviewer to understand. This situation can be from a previous job, from a volunteer experience, or any relevant event.


T Task

Describe the challenges and expectations.  What needed to be done or accomplished?  Why?


A Action

Elaborate your Specific actions.  What did you do?  How?  Even if you are discussing a group project or effort, describe what you did -- not the efforts of the team.  What tools did you use?


R Results

Explain the results you achieved.  What did you accomplish?  What did you learn?  Quantify when possible.



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