Twinkle Twinkle Little S.T.A.R.
(Tips on a successful interview)
by Rayfil Wong
During my senior year at UC Berkeley, I started interviewing with companies for a full time position. The most memorable experience I had was interviewing with Max, I hi tech company that produced chips for cell phones.
During the interview, the hiring manager asked, “with your annual budget, would you spend your money on developing a new cell phone or spend money on improving the old cell phone?” I said, “in this perplex yet complex situation, I would initiate and invest money improving the old cell. The variable would be so much in favor to add value in this complex situation.”
After my statement, I saw the hiring manager express a puzzled look. He said something I would never forget. He said, “Ray, you do not need to use big words or try to impress anyone. Instead, you should communication your answer.”
I said, “thank you so much for being honest. Although I know I did not get the job, I thank you for teaching me to answer in a clear and simple way.”
After that incident, I did more research so that I can improve my interviewing skills. After research , I learn that
“Great communicators are simply great storytellers”
so I adapted the S.T.A.R method for interviewing which stands for
For instance, I would memorize three stories to prepare for my future interviews. When I interviewed with Fried Rice foods, the largest food distributor in the United States I used the numerous interview tips.
One of the biggest tip I use is that I always arrived to the interview fifteen minutes early. I am calm when I arrive early and I also let the employers know that I desire the job. When I looked around at the other candidates, I knew that I had challenging competition. I was only twenty four years old and I was competing with people about ten years older than myself.
When I went in for the interview, I felt prepared since I had memorized three stories. The hiring manager asked me, “tell me a situation when you had to work as a team.” Being prepared, I answered using the S.T.A.R method, “I recall when I was a marketing represenatative for San Francisco Brew. My task was to throw a catering party for the free screening for the movie Sweet and Sour Pork goes to London.
I was successfully since I had a meeting with all the managers and people involved with the event the night before the screening confirming all the orders of the food and door prizes. As a result, the promotional event was a major success because I had great time management and was well prepared.”
I still remember that the manager was truly impressed especially since I presented my answer in a descriptive, organized, and energetic fashion. Later that day, I was notified that I was hired.
Image to remember: S.T.A.R
Interview tip to remember: Memorize at least three previous job situations and answer interview questions with S.T.A.R. structure and enthusiasm