STAR Method


What is STAR?

STAR stands for Situation–Task–Action–Result:

Situation – An event, project, or challenge faced

Task – Your responsibilities and assignments for the situation

Action – Steps or procedure taken to relieve or rectify situation

Result – Results of actions taken.

1) Can you describe a stressful situation and how you handled it?

2) Can you detail a mistake you made and how you reacted to it?

3) Describe a time when you went above and beyond.

4) Do you have any experience handling a cross-cultural problem and if so, how did you handle this problem?

5) Give me an example of a goal you couldn’t meet and how you handled it.

6) Give me an example of a goal you met.

7) Have you ever dealt with a sticky situation involving another department?

8) Have you ever had a disagreement with an immediate supervisor?

9) Tell me about a time when you had to placate an unsatisfied client.

10) Tell me about a time when you performed well under enormous pressure.

11) Tell me about a time you had a conflict at work.

Job interview tips: the STAR method

Questions Asked in a STAR Interview

The STAR Method

Situation, Task, Action, Result – Wikipedia


Use the STAR Method with the following interview questions:


  1. Describe your best/worst boss.
  2. Do you have any questions for me?
  3. Give an example of how you solved a problem in the past.
  4. Give an example of when you were able to contribute to a team project.
  5. Give an example where you showed leadership and initiative.
  6. How do others describe you?
  7. How do you think you will fit into this operation?
  8. If you were hired, what ideas/talents could you contribute to the position or our company?
  9. In a job, what interests you most/least?
  10. Tell me about your education.
  11. Tell me about yourself.
  12. Think about something you consider a failure in your life, and tell me why you think it happened.
  13. What are your strengths?
  14. What do you consider your best accomplishment in your last job?
  15. What have you done to develop or change in the last few years?
  16. What is your major weakness?
  17. Where do you see yourself in three years?
  18. Why are you interested in working for this company?
  19. Why have you chosen this particular field?

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