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07/20/07
Interview Response: SARI for Behavioral Qeustions
Filed under: Interviewing, Mature professionals
Posted by: site admin @ 6:20 am

Behavioral questions like, ‘Tell me
about a time when ….’  or
‘What is your experience doing …’
are common in interviews.

We coach people to consider creating
memorable stories using the acronym
CauseActionResult [or SituationTask
ActionResult]

Penelope Trunk Brazen Career recently
interviewed Jason Warner of Google
who opined, “…
less than 3% of all
candidates frame up their answers…
 the ones who do really stand out.  

Not every question will be best suited
to this approach, but it works well on
[m]any …remember …an acronym
called SARI, for Situation, Action,
Result, and Interesting Features. 
(You can remember
it by considering if you don’t learn this
interview technique you may be SARI.)

“…structure your [response] like this:

Situation: give the interviewer context. 
                Less detail is better, 
                give enough detail to paint the picture. 

Action:      explain what you did.  
                 using the intangible “we” is
one of the most common interview mistakes
                 describe specific behaviors
that you actually did. 

Result:      share the net result to the business.  
                 quantify this with numbers or other
business metrics

Interesting Features: 
                  
tell something special and/or  
memorable about the story, 
                  tie it back to competencies
to strengthen your answer.”

 

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