4-Step Guide to Acing Interview Questions

4-Step Guide to Acing Interview Questions


The best way to prepare for your interview is by practicing questions that the interviewer is likely to ask. 

However, we often find ourselves asking “how do I phrase what it is that I want to say” and “how do I answer a question I’m not prepared for?”

Below is a 4-Step Guide to Acing Interview Questions. This guide is known as the STAR method.


S (Situation)

Describe the context of the situation. Start by painting a picture for the interviewer of the job you were working at and the role you had in the situation.


T (Task)

Provide the details of the responsibilities that you had during the task that you are describing. Mention any programs that you used, deadlines you had to meet, or any other relevant project details.

A (Action)

Demonstrate how you took action in the situation.


R (Result)

Explain the impacts of your actions from both a business and personal standpoint. Explain how much the business made, how operation procedures have now changed as a result of your actions, and so on. Moreover, describe what you learned, what went well, and what you would do differently next time.


Although you have provided your resume to the interviewer ahead of time, they may not have had time to do a deep dive into it. Therefore, don’t expect that they remember your past positions, company names, or when you worked there. That is why it is important to lay out this information during the interview. 


By using the 4-Step STAR method, you are able to answer any interview question with the helpful guidance of a standardized format. By using this method, you will be certain that you covered the situation, task, action, and result of the example that you provided.