Kerry Sandberg Scott helps us out, once again, with tips for how to do well in an interview. Remember this word: STAR. STAR stands for Situation/Task/Action you Took/Result You Achieved; it’s how you should answer all interview questions.

That being said, there are four common interview mistakes Scott commonly sees… These are things to avoid:

  1. Not listening to the question — Employers understand that people get nervous during interviews, but they’re testing your listening abilities. So pay attention, stay focused, and answer the question they ask you.
  2. Giving hypothetical answers— They want to know what you’ve done in the past. Give an example of a real experience you had, instead of answering what you would do in the future. If you don’t have a prior experience, just tell them the truth instead of covering it up with a hypothetical.
  3. Giving disorganized answers— Remember the STAR method. Give a detailed answer where you describe the situation fully but succinctly, what action you took, and what results came of it.
  4. Giving bad results— Nerves can cause you to ramble. And often times your blabbering will lead to telling the hiring manager about a bad result that came about from something you did. Instead, take a moment to gather your thoughts before answering.