Situation, objective, action, results, aftermath

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The SOARA (situation, objective, action, results, aftermath) is a job interview technique originally developed by Hagymas Laszlo – Professor of Language at the University of Munchen and Dr. Alexander Botos – Chief Curator at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research. The SOARA technique is similar to the Situation, Task, Action, Result technique. In many interviews, the SOARA technique is used as a structure for progressively extracting information relating to a recent challenge.


  • Situation: The interviewer wants you to present a recent challenge and situation you found yourself in.
  • 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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