The STAR Story
Sample STAR Response
The Behavior Interview Checklist
- Prior to your interview, identify six to eight examples from your past experiences that demonstrate behaviors and skills that employers typically seek.
- Choose examples from internship experiences, jobs, class and school projects, volunteer and/or campus activities, hobbies and other areas that allow the employer to see your diverse background and experiences.
- Develop stories to describe these examples utilizing the STAR model, emphasize achievements; however, include some evidence of struggles and how you were able to overcome them.
- Stories should be approximately 3-5 minutes
- Practice, Practice, Practice – Write out your examples, rehearse them and meet with someone to practice so you will be well prepared, comfortable and confident during your interview.
- Describe a time when you were able to effectively communicate with a co-worker even though you may not have had a positive, personal relationship.
- Tell me about a time when you had to present complex information to someone who did not understand the concept.
- Tell me about a time when you influenced the outcome of a project by taking a leadership role.
- Describe a time when others looked to you for leadership and guidance. What was the situation and how did you conduct yourself?
- Describe a situation in which you persuaded someone to see things your way.
- Give me an example of a time in which you persuaded a large group to change their course of action.
- Give me an example when you were exceptionally motivated. Describe this experience.
- Describe a situation where you had to take the initiative to start and begin a project, and what you learned from it.
- Give me an example of a time you had to make a difficult decision.
- Describe a specific problem you solved for your employer. How did you approach the problem? What role did others play? What was the outcome?
- Tell me about a decision you had to make quickly.
- Tell me about a time when you failed to meet a deadline. What things did you fail to do? What were the repercussions? What did you learn?
- Tell me about a time when you were particularly effective on prioritizing tasks and completing a project on schedule.
- Tell me about a situation in which you had to juggle several high-priority tasks. What was the outcome?
- Describe a situation when you had many projects due at the same time. What steps did you take to get them all done?
- Describe a team experience and your role on that team.
- Give me an example of a team project you completed.
- We often have long hours and we expect a great deal from your people. Describe a time when you went above and beyond the “call of duty.”
- Describe a time when you put your needs aside to help a co-worker understand a task. How did you assist them? What was the result?
- Describe a time when your analytical skills were put to the test. What was the challenge, how did you react, what was the outcome?
- Describe a time when you were faced with a challenge and how you developed an innovative way to meet that challenge.
- Describe a time when you used good judgment and logic to solve a problem.
- Tell me about a time when you were asked by your employer to do something that went against company policy.
- What would you do if you saw a co-worker doing something unethical?
- Describe something in your life that you are most proud of.
- What is your greatest accomplishment to date?
- Tell about a time where you had to work hard to achieve your goals.