- S.T.A.R - Situation, Task, Action & Result
- S.O.A.R - Scenario, Ownership, Action & Result
These techniques are recognised as ways to answer interview questions in a meaningful and complete way. They are simple techniques but can help you provide good answers with examples which employers want. It is recommended that you answer questions with these techniques within 3 minutes. To answer questions at an interview you can use either technique which is briefly explained below.
With this technique to answer the question, you start with the Situation orTask. This is were you describe the situation or task you were handed or dealing with. Then you move onto the Action. This is an important part of the S.T.A.R technique, you must demonstrate & highlight the skills and attributes used to meet the situation or task. Last is Result, state how everything turned out, what you accomplished and learnt.
For this technique you start with the Scenario, to start your answer with the scenario, brief description of the situation. Make sure you it's brief and clear. Then you move onto Ownership, you explain your responsibilities in the scenario. Now it time to explain your Action, what you did to resolve or sort the scenario. Don't go into too much detail. The last is Result, telling what your action achieved in the scenario.
With either technique it is very important to make sure you are brief and clear. The reasons they are both successful techniques as they allow you pass on the information the interviewer is looking for but also you can project yourself move confident and direct with your answers. Both techniques are easy to learn and for some could help them improve their performance in an interview. If you would like to read more about these techniques then click on one of the links below.