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STAR technique in interviews


Can anyone help me find out where STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) originated from? It is in reference to interviewers asking questions to help them probe in behavioural interviewing?

Many thanks

Nichola Hannaford

3 Responses

  1. Targetted Selection

    I first came across this when I undertook a Targetted Selection course run by a company called DDI. It’s an interview technique whereby through questioning of candidates for a job you establish STARS for them.

    I’ve also come across similar working with an outplacement agency recently as a technique to help candidates put together CV’s.

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  2. DDI
    Phil’s right. It’s DDI. They’ve used it for many years in both interviewing and Performance management – (for tracking actual performance events). They also use STAR – AR, introducing the notion of “Alternative”.


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