Situation, task, action, result

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The situation, task, action, result (STAR) format is a [1] 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 were you required to achieve? The interviewer will be looking to see what you were trying to achieve from the situation. Some performance development methods[2] use “Target” rather than “Task”. Job interview candidates who describe a “Target” they set themselves instead of an externally imposed “Task” emphasize their own intrinsic motivation to perform and to develop their performance.
  • Action: What did you do? The interviewer will be looking for information on what you did, why you did it and what the alternatives were.
  • 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?

The STAR technique is similar to the SOARA technique.


  1. ^ "Using the Star technique to shine at job interviews: a how-to guide". theguardian. Retrieved 7 September 2018. job interview technique
  2. ^ Cook, Sarah (2009-01-01). Coaching for High Performance: How to Develop Exceptional Results Through Coaching. IT Governance Ltd. ISBN 9781849280037.

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