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During an interview, anytime you hear the words “tell me about a time when...” or “describe a situation where...” just think STAR.
Situation or Task
Describe the situation or task:
Last semester in my psychology class, I worked in a team of ﬁve to create a role-play dialogue and scenario to demonstrate a counseling theory. At ﬁrst, everyone was on board with the project but then one of our team members stopped contributing ideas and missed a couple critical group meetings.
Explain what action steps you took.
I decided to talk to this team member to understand why they stopped contributing. It became clear that they felt offended by some of the ideas that were being suggested. They appreciated that I connected with them and made an effort to understand their perspective.
Discuss the results of your actions:
From that point forward, everyone contributed equally and the result of the project was a great success. We all received A’s on the project. In fact, the professor said that it was one of the best presentations he had seen during his time teaching the course.
Hint: To make sure that your interview is full of STAR answers, brainstorm activities/projects you've done and what skills learned as a result. Then practice your responses out loud.