The S.T.A.R. Method of Behavioral Interviewing: “Interview Storytelling”

Behavioral-based interviewing has been defined as “interviewing is interviewing based on discovering how the interviewee acted [note the past tense of the verb] in specific employment-related situations. The logic is that how you behaved in the past will predict how you will behave in the future, i.e. past performance predicts future performance.  Of course the interviewer doesn’t actually observe the behavior done in the past, but listens to the story the interviewee tells about what they had done.  Thus, learning to tell the story of what you’d done in the past is key to getting the interviewer to “see” those past behaviors.

This article, contributed by a HR professional, follows a well-known acronym, STAR, to help you remember the four parts of the story.  Study and talk about it with someone, and then practice writing out a number of stories you can then draw on as a mental library of stories during interviews.  These stories can also be condensed into “accomplishment statements” for your resume; see the Resume section of Articles for more information on how to do this.