Stupid Interview Mistakes: Having Disorganized Answers |

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It is very easy to avoid this interview mistake. Just use STAR.

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I thought I would do what my "stupid interview mistakes"shows today and talk with you about 1 of the classic mistakes people make when they are answering questions during an interview. Often, it is because they are sufficiently nervous that they become disorganized.

There are 2 things I want to encourage people to do. The 1st is to remember some sort of anchoring device that brings you back home. As I was doing with someone yesterday, in their case, I suggested that if they had a ring, when they needed to get centered to just press on that spot on your finger as a reminder, whether they wore the ring or not.

Another thing that is more concrete for a lot of folks is organize your answer using a particular acronym called STAR. That stands for SITUATION that you stepped into, the TASK you are asked to perform or were assigned or chose to do, the ACTION that you performed, and the RESULTS that you obtained. In referencing results, you want to use financial terms that reflect the money that your work helped your firm make or save. If your work helped your firm generate a certain amount of money, you indicate the number of dollars or the percentage difference between you and another person in your firm doing similar work. You can stated in terms of pure dollars or in percentages. It makes no difference.

The STAR approach to answering questions engages people because you are telling a story and people love stories! The format, again, is SITUATION, TASK, ACTION and RESULTS

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching,  all as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

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