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Apr 15, 2019 19:56:36

STAR technique to answer interview questions

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As I wrote this post about helping one of my friends who got laid off, I read one artcle "How to Use the STAR Interview Response Technique", which is one of the techniques to answer behavior interview questions. I have never heard of it so I am writing to digest it for myself. 

STAR stands for Situation, Task, Action, and Result: 

  • Situation - describe the situation you faced with
  • Task - explain what you need to do in the situation
  • Action - account for the action you actually took
  • Result - elaborate what you achieved in the end.

After given these steps, it seems to so normal. We need to notice that people become under pressure during the interview. Having this mindset and practice, people can unconsciously and concisely answer these questions. 

Let's look at what kind of quetsions might be asked as behavior or situational questions. 

  • Describe a stressful situation at work and how you handled it.
  • Give an example of an occasion when you used logic to solve a problem.
  • Give an example of a goal you reached and tell me how you achieved it.

I see now. I need to prepare what to talk about these things if it is actually asked. 

My answer for the first one:

One day I joined the project that demands a lot of tasks and has been micro managed. I was assigned to one of the key and foundational algorithms that more than one third of usecases relies on and need to achieve 95% accuracy, which has not achieved by the previous data scientist for a half of a year. The customer started to complain how long it is going to take to achieve it. What I did is to create a algorithm from scratch, talking with domain experts, and build automated pipeline. Within one month, I achieve 95% across the given dataset.   

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    @hiro - Glad I found this writing today. Random selection from the Fellowship page. We both have a 9-Day streak going -- let's keep at it.

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Apr 15, 2019 23:41:35
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