The STAR method is a behavioral style of interviewing that gives employers insight into your skill set to predict your job performance.
The STAR method consist of questions in 3 parts:
Situation or Task: Describe a situation you were in or a task you were given. These have to be specific instances and not an overview of your duties at a previous position.
Action: Describe the actions you took in the situation or to accomplish the task. Be sure to stay focused on your specific role and the actions you took. (This is especially important when ask about working in a group or on a team).
Result: What was the end result of the situation or task? What did you learn? Skills gained? Achievements that benefited the company?
The kind of questions that necessitate a STAR answer vary. You will be able to detect them by an open ended question. They will involve situations you have been in, general questions about times you were struggling in a position or worked with a group to complete a task. They are questions such as:
Describe an instance where you were not able to reach a goal.
When was a time you were not able to work with all members of a group? What was accomplished?
Describe a time when you were in conflict with a boss or manager. Was it resolved? How did you approach it?
Describe a time you learned a new skill on the job.
The STAR method will allow you to answer a multi-layered question in an orderly manner that flows and tells a story to the interviewer. And practice, practice, practice!