The STAR method is way to sell yourself by communicating your strengths and skills through telling a story about a time where you applied them. You may have to engage in some self exploration because while a story might not seem interesting to you, it may be interesting to an employer. While you are aware of your capabilities, remember the hiring manager is not! The STAR method helps you communicate your abilities in a way that is engaging and easy to follow. This method can be used in interviews and resumes! There are four parts to the STAR method: situation, asks, actions, and result.
Everyone has had a situation where there was a problem or question, when something needed to be resolved to find an answer. This is where you start, explain the situation and explain any background as to why you found yourself in the situation.
In order to resolve the situation, you create tasks. In this part, describe your plan and how you implemented it. Also, address how you devised the plan.
The actions are how you went about completing the tasks to resolve the situation. In this segment, explain how you accomplished the tasks, if you had to improvise from the tasks that were originally discussed, or if you learned something new and unexpected.
Time to wrap it up! Explain the results of the actions you took and how they had an impact on the situation. This is where you highlight the strengths and skills you utilized to reach the end result. Discuss the results and what you learned from the experience.
The STAR method is very useful because by telling a story, you capture your listener’s attention and get them invested in what you are going to say next. This creates a more memorable impression and can also show your personality as well as your professional skills and capabilities.
Have you ever used the STAR method? Share your results in the comments.
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