STAR method for interview questions. @ Irrational Exuberance

Hi folks,

This is the weekly digest for my blog, Irrational Exuberance. Reach out with thoughts on Twitter at @lethain, or reply to this email.


Posts from this week:

- STAR method for interview questions.


STAR method for interview questions.

Fork this template!

A few weeks ago my learning circle started working through each others’ career checkups. Following that, a few folks started talking about framing their experience effectively in interviews. Around the same time, Thiago Ghisi shared a few nice tweets about using the STAR format to answer interview questions. Pulling those all together, it felt like a good time to pull together a quick template to practice using the STAR format to share experiences. I also write up a few example answers from my own experience.

Screenshot of STAR Scenario for Uber SRE

The STAR format comes down to:

  • Situation surrounding your Task
  • Task you undertook (or were assigned) to address the Situation
  • Actions to accomplish the Task
  • Results of your Actions

I’ve personally never used the STAR method in interviews, but have organically gotten to a similar structure. One challenge in interviews is that you want to come across as engaged and present, and it’s easy for structure to get in your way. Even if you don’t directly incorporate something quite this methodical into your answers, I found it helpful to practice with folks on formatting their stories this way.

Examples

  • STAR: Uber SRE answering, “Tell me about a time when you had to change your organizational structure to solve an important problem.”
  • STAR: Stripe Monolith and Service Architecture answering, “Tell me about a time when your initial approach didn’t work out and you had to shift your approach.”

How to use

  1. Once a year or so, think through your recent work that might work well in a scenario interview (e.g. “Tell me about a time when you…”)
  2. Fork this template!
  3. Move the template into a repository of all your STAR narratives
  4. Answer the top four sections: Situation, Task, Actions, Results
  5. Optionally answer the other questions below for more practice
  6. Share your answer with a coworker you worked with during that period of time: what important pieces are missing?
  7. Share your answer with someone who didn’t work with you at that time: what’s missing from the narrative to translate to folks who weren’t there?
  8. Reread your narratives before starting an interview process

That's all for now! Hope to hear your thoughts on Twitter at @lethain!


This email was sent to you
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
Will Larson · 77 Geary St · co Calm 3rd Floor · San Francisco, CA 94108-5723 · USA

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp

Key phrases

Older messages

Career checkup template. @ Irrational Exuberance

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Hi folks, This is the weekly digest for my blog, Irrational Exuberance. Reach out with thoughts on Twitter at @lethain, or reply to this email. Posts from this week: - Career checkup template. Career

Plagarism, idea theft, and writing online. @ Irrational Exuberance

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Hi folks, This is the weekly digest for my blog, Irrational Exuberance. Reach out with thoughts on Twitter at @lethain, or reply to this email. Posts from this week: - Plagarism, idea theft, and

Moving the finish line. @ Irrational Exuberance

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Hi folks, This is the weekly digest for my blog, Irrational Exuberance. Reach out with thoughts on Twitter at @lethain, or reply to this email. Posts from this week: - Moving the finish line. Moving

Your migration probably isn’t failing due to insufficient staffing. @ Irrational Exuberance

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Hi folks, This is the weekly digest for my blog, Irrational Exuberance. Reach out with thoughts on Twitter at @lethain, or reply to this email. Posts from this week: - Your migration probably isn't

Founding Uber SRE. @ Irrational Exuberance

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Hi folks, This is the weekly digest for my blog, Irrational Exuberance. Reach out with thoughts on Twitter at @lethain, or reply to this email. Posts from this week: - Founding Uber SRE. Founding Uber

☕MLOps

Monday, May 23, 2022

What's it mean to operate the machine? May 23, 2022 Emerging Tech Brew TOGETHER WITH organifi Happy Monday. Hope you had a good weekend. If you didn't, well, at least here is a good newsletter

Your free PDF is attached: Great Talks Most People Have Never Heard

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

I'm ending the referral program soon. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

Now I Know: Frosted Flakes? Or a Bright Idea?

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

The fool's errand that wasn't. View this email in your browser · Missed one? Visit the Archives I'm not sure the word "flakes" is the right word to use here, but it's close

The $75,000 Google Script

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

How to Move Rows Automatically Between Rows in Google Sheets Learn how to write a Google Script that moves rows automatically upon a user changing a dropdown menu. Great for CRMs in Google Sheets. Oh

It's feels like Christmas today for this SEO

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Hey Reader, I've got a new SEO blog post for you today. But first, a bit of personal news... Here's what I happily woke up to this morning. Paperback version of the Keyword Accelerator Playbook

New Name, New Look, New Stories

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Everything about this newsletter is going to change next week. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

#010: How to Sell Your Freedom for Snacks

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

The Third Sunday after Pentecost, or the Second Sunday after Trinity (Proper 8) ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

❓ Cashflow Call in 2 Hours! Today 3pm CST...

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

​ ​ ​ Cashflow crew, It's our favorite time of the week! Cashflow call Tuesday! Today we have a special 'celebrity' guest joining us... Mr. Ryan Snow of Unconventional Acquisitions!

Reminder: 2nd half of 2022 🗓

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

The easiest way to grow a business is first optimize everything you've already got. For example, if you want to optimize your business for the rest of 2022, just having rough goals like this could

Link Building in 2022: Expert’s Tips

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Leverage these 9 powerful link-building tactics shared by Ann Smarty, an SEO expert with 10+ years of experience in the field Hi Reader, Wonder what link-building tactics work best in 2022? Meet Ann

Now I Know: The Banned Fashion Accessory You Wore on Your Head

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

It's more a dagger than a sword View this email in your browser · Missed one? Visit the Archives I'd love to see a movie where this "weapon" is a plot point. -- Dan The Banned Fashion