Competency-based interviews are so common, and yet, many people have never even heard of them, let alone know how to perform in them.
We coach so many people to succeed in competency/behavioural-based interviews. One of the secrets that we share is that the ‘S’ in STAR doesn’t just stand for ‘Situation’. S really stands for ‘Specific Situation’.
When the interviewer is asking for an example of when you have done something, they are not looking for:
❌ A hypothetical situation i.e. what you would do if you were faced with that situation
Nor are they looking for:
❌ A typical situation i.e. what you usually do in that scenario