Number One Rule for Good Answer for Interview Question

Everyone wants to know this: what makes a good answer for interview question.

The answer to this has always been a pet peeve of mine, and I think it is a silly criteria that most hiring managers I know have.

I have actually seen qualified candidates rejected - not because of lack of experience - but because they did not answer interview questions in a "specific" format.

That format is the S*T*A*R format.

Again, let me reiterate that I think there is way too much emphasis put on answering interview questions in this format, but it pays to play the game.

I do think that one reason interviewers like to use the S*T*A*R format is because it gives a "numerical" rating. After one interviews 5 or 6 people in a day, one can forget some of the strengths an earlier candidate had. This numerical rating gives the interviewer a score to fall back on to kind of objectively remind them of what they thought of earlier candidates.

Essentially, to meet the STAR format, you need to answer with this method.

S - Describe the situation

T - Give details about the tasks that were needed

A - Give specifics about what action you took

R - Give the results of that action

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