3.1 Introduction

This section is designed to introduce you to the process of responding to interview questions using the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) Story technique.

The STAR Story is a way of answering behavioural interview questions about ‘professional skills’ such as communication, initiative, or teamwork. Typically, employers preface these questions with statements such as, ‘Tell me about a time when you…’ or ‘Give me an example of a time where you…’.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this section, you will be able to:

  • Recognize how creating and using STAR stories enhances your ability to answer behavioural interview questions
  • Examine how a range of STAR stories demonstrate the top ten professional skills sought after by hiring and admissions committees
  • Reflect on “a time when you” demonstrated professional skills during your coursework or Work Integrated Learning experiences