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 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 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 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 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.