The STAR and SOARA interview models

Just a few hours ago I received a great piece of advice: as an interviewer, you can test the skills of a person by using the STAR model. As the person being interviewed, you can craft your answers following this model.

Here’s Wikipedia on the STAR model:

The STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) format is a job interview technique used by interviewers to gather all the relevant information about a specific capability that the job requires.

  • Situation: The interviewer wants you to present a recent challenge and situation in which you found yourself.
  • Task: What did you have to achieve?
  • Action: What did you do?
  • Results: What was the outcome of your actions? What did you achieve through your actions and did you meet your objectives. What did you learn from this experience and have you used this learning since?

Wikipedia on the SOARA model:

The SOARA (Situation, Objective, Action, Results, Aftermath) is a Job interview technique used by interviewers to gather all the relevant information about a specific capability that the job requires.

  • Situation: The interviewer wants you to present a recent challenge and situation you found yourself.
  • Objective: What did you have to achieve? The interviewer will be looking to see what you were trying to achieve from the situation.
  • Action: What did you do? The interviewer will be looking for information on what you did, why you did it and what were the alternatives.
  • Results: What was the outcome of your actions? What did you achieve through your actions and did you meet your objectives.
  • Aftermath: What did you learn from this experience and have you used this learning since?

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