Not all interview questions are created equal. Some (situational) pose a hypothetical scenario and ask you to explain how you would react. Others (skills-based) ask about your experience with industry tools, technologies or best-practices. Still others (behavioral) seek to learn about your past experiences in order to predict your approach or decisions in the future.
Spotting behavioral-based questions is easy once you know what to look for, as these questions usually begin with a request for a narrative or story:
- Tell me about/Describe a time when…
- Give an example of….
- Did you ever…
For many, the idea of properly articulating past experiences can seem overwhelming, but there is a tried-and-true method for tackling these questions.
Enter the STAR Method, a simple approach to answering behavioral-based questions by responding using four basic steps: Situation, Task, Action and Result.
In The Star Method: The Secret to Acing Your Next Job Interview, Kate Boogaard provides a great overview of this method as well as tips and tricks for practicing it on your own. Check out her article to learn how to fine-tune your skills for your next interview!