Think of STAR:
ST – the situation or task
A – the action you took
R – the results achieved
This is a simple way to shine in an interview.
Situation: Describe the context within which you performed a job or faced a challenge at work. For example, perhaps you were working on a group project, or you had a conflict with a coworker. This situation can be drawn from a work experience, a volunteer position, or any other relevant event. Be as specific as possible.
Task: Next, describe your responsibility in that situation. Perhaps you had to help your group complete a project within a tight deadline, resolve a conflict with a coworker, or hit a sales target.
Action: You then describe how you completed the task or endeavored to meet the challenge. Focus on what you did, rather than what your team, boss, or coworker did. (Tip: Instead of saying, “We did xyx,” say “I did xyz.”)
Result: Finally, explain the outcomes or results generated by the action taken. It may be helpful to emphasize what you accomplished, or what you learned.
Have your stories prepared in advance and you’ll feel more confident when you answer. Whatever examples you choose, make sure they are related to the job responsibilities and qualifications listed in the job description.