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    Interview Techniques - Tips & Advice



    The STAR method is a structured manner of responding to a behavioral-based interview question by discussing the specific Situation, Task, Action, and Result of the situation you are describing.

    Make sure that you follow all parts of the STAR method. Be as specific as possible at all times, without rambling or including too much information. Oftentimes students have to be prompted to include their results, so try to include that without being asked. Also, eliminate any examples that do not paint you in a positive light. However, keep in mind that some examples that have a negative result (such as “lost the game”) can highlight your strengths in the face of adversity.


    Situation: Describe the situation that you were in or the task that you needed to accomplish. You must describe a specific event or situation, not a generalized description of what you have done in the past. Be sure to give enough detail for the interviewer to understand. This situation can be from a previous job, from a volunteer experience, or any relevant event.


    Sample STAR Response: Advertising revenue was falling off for my college newspaper, The Review, and large numbers of long-term advertisers were not renewing contracts.


    Task: What goal were you working toward?


    Sample STAR Response: My goal was to generate new ideas, materials and incentives that would result in at least a 15% increase in advertisers from the year before.


    Action: Describe the actions you took to address the situation with an appropriate amount of detail and keep the focus on YOU. What specific steps did you take and what was your particular contribution? Be careful that you don’t describe what the team or group did when talking about a project, but what you actually did. Use the word “I,” not “we” when describing actions.


    Sample STAR Response: I designed a new promotional packet to go with the rate sheet and compared the benefits of The Review circulation with other ad media in the area. I also set-up a special training session for the account executives with a School of Business Administration professor who discussed competitive selling strategies.


    Result: Describe the outcome of your actions and don’t be shy about taking credit for your behavior. What happened? How did the event end? What did you accomplish? What did you learn? Make sure your answer contains multiple positive results.


    Sample STAR Response: We signed contracts with 15 former advertisers for daily ads and five for special supplements. We increased our new advertisers by 20 percent over the same period last year.

    How To Prepare For ABehavioral Interview


    Sample Behavioral Interview Questions

    Give me an example of when you:

    Tell me about a time when you:

    Please discuss:

    CV Tips And Advice

    Your CV or Curriculum Vitae is the primary instrument you need to apply for a job. It is a summary of your working life which describes your education, experience, skills and qualifications in a way that demonstrates the benefits of a recruiter hiring you.

    There are some key pieces of information you need to include in your CV such as contact details, education/professional qualifications and details of your previous roles. However, the way you present and structure this information will vary for each role you apply for.

    How to Write an Effective CV

    Think like an Employer

    Think like an employer - consider what the employer is looking for in a candidate and arrange your most significant skills and experiences as early as possible in your CV

    Highlight your Skills

    Highlight your relevant skills - try to reflect the job on offer to make it as easy as possible for an employer to match your skills with what they are looking for.

    Brief & Informative

    Be brief but informative – you need to provide relevant, detailed information about your experiences that make you a good fit for the role but too much information will turn the recruiter off.

    Check it

    Check it and check it again – spell check and carefully proofread your CV. You could also ask someone else to read it in case you have missed anything. Even the smallest mistakes could make the employer doubt your conscientiousness.

    Sense Check

    When reading through your CV, try to place yourself in the position of an employer reading the document: does this CV really give you the information you want in the best possible way?

    How To Handle Tricky Subjects
    When Compiling Your CV

    Reasons For Leaving Jobs

    We wouldn’t advise you including your reasons for leaving on your CV, unless an employer requests it. Your decision to change jobs could be complicated and it may be easier to discuss this face to face at an interview stage, if the situation calls for it. Keep your CV positive and factual.

    Gaps In Experience

    If you have any gaps in your experience, note the reasons why with a short, factual explanation. If you have recently graduated and have limited work experience, mention the skills you learned at university through group projects, your dissertation or thesis project and any volunteer work you have done.


    Salary levels are dependent on many variables and they can be easily misconstrued so we recommend that you avoid referencing expectations in your CV. Instead, you can discuss this at a more appropriate time, for example at an interview.

    If you need some further help or advice please give us a call on 021 6700600

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