STAR Technique

To help you practise for employment applications, we use the STAR technique. Find out more.

To help you practise for employment applications, we use the STAR technique. Find out more.

USING STAR ON AN APPLICATION FORM

Any information you give should fit the STAR technique, and set out the following information in brief:

Situation:

  • Where were you?
  • What were you doing / studying?
  • What company were you working for when this example took place?
  • Gives dates to show that your examples are up to date.

Task:

  • What were your duties and responsibilities?
  • Were you working individually or part of a team?
  • What were you looking to do/ achieve/ accomplish?
  • Make it clear what you were responsible for.

Action:

  • Describe the action you undertook.
  • Who did you talk to?
  • What did you do?
  • Did you research a subject or answer?

Result:

  • What happened in the end?
  • What did you learn?
  • What could you have done differently?
  • This section is often missed out, but it is crucial that you can demonstrate the success of your actions, or reflect on why things did not go as well as anticipated and articulate what you would do differently next time.

PREPARATION

To prepare, you could write down five specific examples which demonstrate your understanding and experience of the desired behaviour and then use the STAR technique to make sure you’ve put in all the detail which is required.

Example answers are linked on the Application Forms to help you.


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