The STAR method is a structured manner of responding to a behavioral-based interview question by discussing the specific situation, task, action, and result of the situation you are describing.

Here is a helpful guide from our top paying recruiter ($77K)…

Most of the companies that recruit from our program use this STAR technique. 

Star Method:
Tell me of a time when you had to work within a group where the members did not get along? How did you handle the situation?

Interactive Qualifying Project Team. One team member showed up late, or not at all, to team meetings.

To have the team member participate in team meetings.

Called other team members together to discuss situation. Suggested we specifically state what we expected of the team member directly to him/her. Another member thought if we asked the team member what day and time he/she could always commit to would be better. The team decided to do both. We met with him/her and told him/her of our frustration and what we wanted. The team member apologized. He/She knew he had been missing meetings but he/she was working over 30+ hours to meet his/her college bills.

We determine that meeting at lunch time would work for all of us. So we scheduled our meetings for every Thursday and it worked out great. In fact, we even invited our advisor to join us and he/she did regularly since he/she was free at that time also.

•        Tell me of a time when during updating database you observed a problem? Be sure to include how you resolved it.
•        Tell me of a time when tracking inventory you realized there wasn’t sufficient material for production?
•        Tell me of a time when you were overwhelmed with your tasks and how you solved them?

Interview Questions asked
1.        What do you consider to be your greatest strengths?
2.        Have you ever had any failures? What did you learn from them?
3.        Have you had difficulty getting along with a former professor/supervisor/coworker and how did you handle it?
4.        Why should we hire you rather than another candidate?
5.        What job related skills have you developed?
6.        Describe your ideal job
7.        Why did you choose your major?
8.        Give an example of a situation where you had to provide a solution to the employer?
9.        Do you prefer to work under supervision or on your own?
10.        Describe a time in which you were forced to multi-task.
Make sure you get names of interviewers, years employed and connection made to assist with follow-up email/correspondence.

Questions to Ask the Employer
1.        What kinds of assignments might I expect during the internship portion of the job?
2.        Why have you stayed with the company for 20 years?
3.        Describe your career path
4.        What characteristics do the achievers in this company seem to share?
5.        What is the next course of action?
6.        When should I expect to hear from you?
Things to research
1.        Mission Statement/Vision
2.        Core values
3.        History; like when business began
4.        Industry
5.        Current events
Interview do’s
•        Write names down on portfolio
•        Ask for business card
•        Write down every question they ask
•        Find out years worked
•        If connection, like kids, sports anything talked about during interview to aid with thank you letter

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Please contact me for more material. Thank you. Sime

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