How to get hired
At SearchBI we are dedicated to helping you secure that perfect role. Whatever your motivation may be; salary increase, career progression or simply a change of direction we want to get you there.
So, you’ve taken the plunge and applied for the role. You have the perfect CV, the right experience and that’s got you so far, but it’s how you perform on that all-important interview day that will determine the outcome.
We regularly speak with our clients regarding interview feedback and there seems to be one major recurring factor that works against potential employees during interview – failure to correctly structure an answer. Employers already know you have the experience and the technical ability, After-all, that’s why your sitting in front of them! What they really want to know is how that ability and experience has benefited your previous employers and how they see it improving their business in the future – make them see the potential you have, don’t be modest, sell yourself. This is your one chance to convince them your right for the role, so make it count.
To help our candidates improve their interview technique SearchBI use the STAR method. This industry recognised method can help candidates prepare structured and favourable responses during the interview process.
Let’s have a look at the STAR method in action;
The STAR method is a structured manner of responding to a behavioural-based interview question by discussing the specific situation, task, action, and result of the situation you are describing.
Situation: Describe the situation that you were in or the task that you needed to accomplish. You must describe a specific event or situation, not a generalised description of what you have done in the past. Be sure to give enough detail for the interviewer to understand. This situation can be from a previous job, from a volunteer experience, or any relevant event.
Task: What goal were you working toward?
Action: Describe the actions you took to address the situation with an appropriate amount of detail and keep the focus on YOU. What specific steps did you take and what was your particular contribution? Be careful that you don’t describe what the team or group did when talking about a project, but what you actually did. Use the word “I,” not “we” when describing actions.
Result: Describe the outcome of your actions and don’t be shy about taking credit for your behaviour. What happened? How did the event end? What did you accomplish? What did you learn? Make sure your answer contains multiple positive results.
By sticking to this response method you give a strong and confident answer. You are showing the potential employer that you are more than capable of successfully taking on this role.
If you find nerves get the better of you on interview day, why not practise the STAR method at home before your interview date? that way you can feel confident your responses are fluid and specific.
Good Luck on your interview day!