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Use STAR

Use STAR to help you structure an answer

Use the ‘STAR’ technique to help you structure your answer:

‘STAR’ (Situation, Task, Action and Result) can help you provide a concise and effective answer to competency based questions.

  • Situation – provide some brief details about the situation you were in when you used your competencies so that the reader can understand the context of the example.
  • Task – outline what your objective or purpose was during that situation, again, to put your answer into context.
  • Action – describe what you did in that situation and how you approached it.
  • Result – state the outcome, for example: Were the objectives met? What did you learn/gain from being in that situation?
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