I believe this is a necessary item in your interview. To be able to give pinpoint examples of your skill.and explain how they where used in your career is key. I also believe in my opinion that you need to be honest off you have not used that skill in a while but what you are doing to be proactive.in.bringing your skills back up to par.
Good advice! Another acronym is called S.T.A.R Stories...Situation, Task, Actions, Results. Before your next interview, you should write out these stories and practice them with a friend. Always use measurable results, and DON'T wing it! You need stories that describe the following; leadership, teamwork, communication, tight deadlines, increased sales, decreased expenses, dealing with difficult customers or co-workers. According to a study done at Stanford Business School, a story is 22% more memorable than facts alone. Build your brand around YOUR story.
I love the acronyms - STAR (which I believe is what the consulting firm DDI created back in the 1980's) SARS (yes!), PARS, and CARS (which we use at Columbia Business School - Context/Action/Results). Whatever the acronym, it's the same basic idea - prove what you say with concretes. Thanks for your comment - I'm going to find that Stanford study.
Here is the Stanford link
Great message. I personally use STAR as the acrononym, but as you have said, it's all the same message. Choose your scenarios based on what the organization needs. Use the job advertisement to pick out those "target" words of requirement and prepare yourself. I think it's also important to practice with someone who has experience being on the other side of the table, to get valuable feedback on your answers. Thanks. Connie
Thanks, Connie. I like the notion of using ads to figure out organizational requirements - good research device. The other side of the table, too, should always be factored into the equation...not only in the sense of practice, but in the mindset.
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