Task Two Day Two
S*T*A*R Star Situation
On day two you will produce 5 STAR SITUATIONS
Example of Situation Questions.
- Describe a time that you went above and beyond in a situation with no benefit to yourself.
- Tell me about when you took the initiative to fix an issue before it became a problem.
- Decsribe a time that you helped a fellow employee fix a problem
- Describe a time when you helped in the community.
Situation or Task
- 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.
Action you took
- Describe the action you took and be sure to keep the focus on you.
- Even if you are discussing a group project or effort, describe what you did -- not the efforts of the team.
- Don't tell what you might do, tell what you did.
Results you achieved
- What happened? How did the event end?
- What did you accomplish?
- What did you learn?
Sample STAR Situation
- Situation or Task
I was asked to plan the annual Christmas party. Morale was very low because we didn’t get a bonus and there was a lot of gossip and animosity going on in the office. Many employees vowed not to attend. No venue had been booked and no date had been set. I was also responsible for the theme and wanted to liven up the Christmas theme.
- Action you took
I emailed one question each employee and they had no idea it was about the party. The question was, “If you were going away for a quick weekend with your spouse, where would you go?” Most of my colleagues responded almost immediately thinking I was asking for advice. The unanimous vote was to go to the new Niagara Casino. We couldn’t go to the Casino, not in the budget. I booked the local venue, picked a date and created invitations to our Christmas Casino Night. Dress was Black-tie. I rented Black Jack tables, card counters, an adult bowling game, horse racing game and a golf game. I hired the disc jockey. I made coloured paper money and bundled it in $500, 000.00 bundles. The management team were the Dealers and Game masters and all of the staff participated. Eventually staff and management changed places because everyone wanted a chance to play and to be a dealer. All of the games garnered paper money and the one with the most paper money at the end got a weekend away for two.
- Results you achieved
Our Casino night was amazing. A good time was had by all, they said it was the best party every. I ended up getting a small raise for my efforts and the morale in the office was on its way to repairing itself.
Using the STAR Situation information above create 5 situation questions and answer 5 situation questions. Its always best to create these answers from experiences you have had. Create your answers in your assignment folder titled YOUR NAME, Assignment Two Day Two.
Take you time to compose your answer, always keep you answers short and sweet, and give the interviewer a chance to digest the information. If there is a pause and room feels quiet it is not up to you to fill the silence. That is the interviewers job.