In an interview, you respond to situational or behavioral questions by using your “career stories” to describe your past experiences and provide examples. These examples from your career allow the interviewer to visualize working with you, understand your thought process, and bring your CV to life during the conversation. Instead of wasting time telling them “I’m a hard worker,” tell them the story about one of your successes to demonstrate your skills and capabilities. Including the essential facts in every career story also enables an interviewer to share those examples during a hiring decision meeting if they need to persuade others to hire you.
Each career story must be told with the key details included and that is how the methods of SBI, CARL or STAR will help you improve your interview skills and results. We’ve covered CARL and STAR in our other blogs.
SBI, Situation, Behavior, Impact is an alternative to the STAR or CARL approach. SBI can be used for interview preparation, but it has also been taught in leadership training to help leaders provide their teams more concise, actionable feedback.
These are a few examples but they depend on your experience and areas of expertise. SBI can be a good option for those who influence others around them, as leaders, facilitators or as a mentor.
The key is to have a set of these career examples that you can access when it’s time for interview prep. You start with the example as written above, then you adapt each example for the interviewer and role you are being considered for.
Our Allora Interview Prep Worksheet gives you an easy way to draft your career stories, share edit suggestions to improve them, and adapt them for different interviewers or companies and choose from STAR, SBI or CARL templates.