Shine in Interviews using the STAR Method

Preparing for an interview can be a daunting task, especially if you are unsure of what to expect. However, by using the STAR method, you can effectively communicate your past experiences and accomplishments to a potential employer. In this blog post, we'll go over the STAR method and how to use it to give effective interview answers.

What is the STAR Method?

The STAR method is a technique used to structure your responses to behavioural interview questions. Behavioural interview questions are those that ask you to describe specific situations you have faced in the past and how you handled them. These types of questions are designed to help the interviewer understand how you approach problems and how you have demonstrated certain skills in the past.

The STAR method stands for: 

  • Situation: The context or background of the situation you were in. 
  • Task: The specific task or goal you were trying to achieve. 
  • Action: The steps you took to address the situation or task. 
  • Result: The outcome of your actions and the impact they had.

Using the STAR method helps you structure your response in a clear and concise manner, allowing the interviewer to follow your thought process and understand your experiences better.

How to Use the STAR Method in an Interview:

To effectively use the STAR method, follow these steps:

  1. Review the job description and identify key skills and experiences the employer is looking for. 
  2. Think of past experiences where you demonstrated those skills and experiences. 
  3. For each experience, identify the Situation, Task, Action, and Result. 
  4. Practice your responses, making sure to keep your answers concise and relevant. 
  5. During the interview, listen carefully to the interviewer's questions and tailor your responses to address the specific skills and experiences they are asking about.

Example of Using the STAR Method in an Interview

Here's an example of how to use the STAR method to answer a behavioural interview question:

Interviewer: Can you describe a time when you had to solve a complex problem at work?

Situation: At my previous job, we had a client who was unhappy with the product we had delivered.

Task: My task was to identify the cause of the problem and come up with a solution to address it.

Action: I started by reviewing the product and talking to the client to better understand their concerns. I then gathered a team of experts from different departments to brainstorm possible solutions. We weighed the pros and cons of each option and ultimately decided to offer the client a discount on their next order to make up for the issue.

Result: The client was happy with the resolution, and we were able to retain their business. Additionally, the team's collaboration and problem-solving skills were strengthened.

By using the STAR method, you were able to clearly and concisely communicate your experience and demonstrate your problem-solving skills to the interviewer.


The STAR method is a powerful tool for communicating your experiences and accomplishments during an interview. By structuring your responses around the Situation, Task, Action, and Result, you can effectively communicate your skills and experiences to a potential employer. Remember to practice your responses, listen carefully to the interviewer's questions, and tailor your answers to the specific skills and experiences they are looking for.

Contact Us:

If you would like to know more about the STAR Method and interview techniques, contact Sarah Kinsella, Recruitment Specialist with RBK at (090) 6480600.