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The STAR Technique for Answering Questions

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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.



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



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?



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

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