IntroductionInterviews can be stressful. You can predict what some of the questions may be when being interviewed for your medical school place, but you cannot prepare for each and every question which is thrown at you. You should try and not memorise your answers as they can come off as robotic and less personal. Equally, you should try not and ramble when you are answering questions as you only have so much time to demonstrate how good you are! So, if you’re asked a difficult question at your interview, what should you do? Here we present some tips on how to structure your answers at interview. So when you’re answering a question, or if one takes you by surprise, resort to these tips to help you give the best answer possible!
The STAR TechniqueThe STAR technique is a way of structuring your answers at interviews which ensures that you cover important topics whilst avoiding the temptation to ramble. STAR stands for:
- Situation: Briefly outline your example
- Task: What did you have to do?
- Action: How did you approach the task? How did you complete it?
- Result: What was the outcome? What did you achieve?