Behavioral Interviewing and the STAR Method of Answering Interview Questions

About Behavioral Interviewing and the STAR Method

Behavioral Interviewing is a popular method for finding the right fit for an organization. The basic premise is that the most accurate predictor of future performance is understanding past performance in a similar situation. It focuses on experiences, behaviors, knowledge, skills and abilities that are job related.

The STAR method provides a logical approach to answering questions by describing one of your past successes in responding to the question.

What is STAR

STAR = Situation – Task – Action – Results

Situation 
Describe the situation that you were in (what was the problem you needed to solve).  This can be from a previous job, volunteer experience or any other relevant event in your personal life. Make sure you describe a specific event or situation, not a generalized description. Give enough detail for the interviewer to understand.

Task 

What was the task that you needed to accomplish (the solution to the problem)

Action

Describe the action you took and be sure to keep the focus on you. Even if you are discussing a group project or effort, describe what you did — not the efforts of the team. Don’t tell what you might do, tell what you did.

Results you achieved
What happened? What was the outcome? What did you learn? Discuss how the task was successful as a result of your action.

This gives the interviewer a story that tells them about you and what kind of employee you are, which is much  more powerful than just telling them.

Confident Posture – why and how

Today’s topic is on Posture.

You can tell so much about a person, (how they’re feeling, how they feel about themselves, their surroundings…). It can even effect how others feel about you and respond to you!  So A confident posture is important.

To help achieve good posture while looking relaxed and confident:

Take a deep breath and pull your shoulders back while sitting (or standing) up straight. Then relax your shoulders and exhale. Do this more than once if you’re particularly nervous. It gives you a burst of confidence and allows for good breathing. It can also help you to avoid or reduce feelings of nervousness and discomfort.

While attended a networking event in St. Louis, I ran into a friend I’ve known for a while. He suggested that you take both arms and put them straight up in the air while taking a deep breath. (come on, those of you reading this… get those arms up). Now slowly drop your arms down to your sides while exhaling. (feels good, doesn’t it?). This is also a very effective way to relax and show good posture, though you may not want to do this one in the lobby while waiting for your interviewer. ;)

Benefits of Background Music

When it comes to video you may not have thought about whether or not music makes a difference. But it actually is a pretty important factor to consider. Today I’ll talk about the some of the benefits and best uses of background music.

You’ve probably watched a video that didn’t have background music. (this one for example)

It probably sounds ok if you don’t have anything to compare it to, but add a little background music.. and it adds interest to the video.

Notice the difference? Background music can keep people’s attention, make your video seem more lively, and set the tone of your video.
You can also remove the music from a section of the video… to emphasize what’s being said…

When adding music to a video, there are a few things to consider. Make sure it’s at an appropriate volume and doesn’t distract from the dialogue. During a long pause it’s okay to increase the volume a bit.

Also, be careful about using copyrighted music. This may mean you can’t use your favorite pop song, even if you’ve purchased the .mp3. If your video is for commercial use, you could be sued if you don’t have the proper licensing.

We subscribe to a music library which allows us the proper licensing to use music in our videos, and on our clients behalf. If you (or your production company) don’t subscribe to this type of service, make sure any music used is public domain and permits commercial use

We hope this was helpful and feel free to check out some of our other videos.