PROJECT 11: Behavioral-Based Interview—S.T.A.R.S.


Many employers use this specialized interview technique to identify the qualities they prefer in a candidate. The idea is that past behavior determines the likelihood of future behavior. This project will prepare you for this style of interview which you are very likely to encounter during your job search now and in future years as you change jobs or seek promotions.


Chapter and figure numbers listed within the project refer to the textbook Career Planning Strategies: Hire Me! (5th Edition).

Your finished project should fulfill ALL of the requirements below.



A.     Re-read the section titled “Anticipate Questions” and the section titled “Interviewing Styles” in Chapter 18. Identify a job title and a brief job description summary with a job qualifications list.

B.     Review these PowerPoint lectures:

1.      Behavioral Interviewing

2.      A Primer on Behavioral Interviews

C.    Using the website’s search engine, enter the phrase “behavioral-based interview” and look at relevant websites. You may also find the following websites helpful:,, and Use Google, Yahoo, or another search engine to locate others needed.

D.    Behavioral-based Competencies: Write one to two pages summarizing the information on behavioral-based interviewing from these websites. Identify your non-textbook resources based on your search engine research and other web-based research.

E.     Behavioral-based Questions: Write ten questions an interviewer might ask seeking a behavioral-based answer that specifically relates to your career interest and your background. If you did another project on Interview Questions, choose different questions from those used there.

F.     Behavioral-based S.T.A.R. Answers: Choose five of those questions and write a convincing answer for each based on your personal experiences. State what you HAVE done and not what you MIGHT do. These are responses that you might use in future on- and off-campus interviews. You must identify at least three S.T.A.R.S. that will convince the interviewer that you possess the competencies required to do the job.

Deliverables: Turn in to your Career Counselor:

Ø      Describe the concept of behavioral-based interviewing and why it is used. Name your sources.

Ø      List ten questions most likely to be asked of you.

Ø      Identify three S.T.A.R.S. that you will use to reveal your past behaviors. Turn in an outline or story narrative of your three S.T.A.R.S. using one page per situation.

Ø      Select 5 of the 10 questions above and identify which of your three S.T.A.R.S. will be used to answer each question.