Behavioral Interviews

You'll most likely encounter a Behavioral Interview, where you'll be asked for examples of your past experiences and behavior in certain situations. Employers want you to give lots of specific details, so they can get to know you better.

The best way to be fearless, confident, and successful interviewing is to be prepared. Review and practice answering sample questions using the STAR method! (Writing them down is a great way to bring them to the forefront of your memory.)

Get a list of possible questions you might be asked, examples of questions you might want to ask your interviewer, and more online resources to help you prepare here on our website!

STAR Technique

One strategy for preparing for behavioral interviews is to use the STAR Technique, as outlined below. (This is often referred to as the SAR and PAR techniques as well.)

S - Situation

Introduce the scenario to your interviewer, include: Where,What, When, Why, Who

T - Task

State what they've asked you to describe; a problem you've solved, a goal you accomplished, a challenge you overcame, a conflict you resolved, teamwork or leadership experience.

A - Action

Tell what you did to solve your problem, meet your goal, or overcome the challenge; first action you took, what you did next, steps after that.

R - Result

Good, or not so good. Sometimes not-so-good results or mistakes are our greatest lessons. Be sure to explain what you learned and how you might apply that lesson in your future work.