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STAR Response Method

STAR is a formula for creating the best response to behavioral-based questions. Interviewers expect you to present your thoughts and experience in this manner.

Develop 3-5 STAR responses for each job/volunteer/leadership position you have held. Try it yourself!

S

Situation
Define the general context, mention the problem to solve. Who, what, when.

T

Task
Identify the key objective and issue that you addressed.

A

Action
What was your responsibility in the task, skills used to complete the task.

R

Result
The outcome of the situation.

Question: Tell me about a time when you had to lead a team?

S

Situation
Define the general context, mention the problem to solve. Who, what, when.
Last semester I took an MIS course where
I was placed in a group of 5. The team
was comprised of four sophomores and a junior, myself.

T

Task
Identify the key objective and issue that you addressed.
Our team of 5 was tasked with creating a
website for a virtual pharmaceutical
company. We needed to use
Dreamweaver and HTML components.
The project was a critical part of our final
grade.

A

Action
What was your responsibility in the task, skills used to complete the task.
The previous summer, I had the
opportunity to take a course in
Dreamweaver, so I felt competent in my
abilities to use the software.
Consequently, my team members
suggested that I lead the team and guide
them in the design and execution of the
project. My job was to divide the
components of the website and mentor
the other team members as we set up the
platform.

R

Result
The outcome of the situation.
Our team was the only team to receive a
perfect score in the entire class and my
professor personally thanked me for
teaching the other team members how to
use Dreamweaver beyond the scope of
classroom content.