S- Situation

Detail the background.

Answer the What, When, Where, Who and Why of the question.

T- Task

What was the exact task at hand?

What was the outcome expected?

What was the most conflicting challenge towards the resolution?

A- Action

What steps did you take to develop an action plan?

How did the execution happen?

Additional challenges faced during execution if any.

Lead the interviewer through the execution.

R- Result

What were the KPIs for defining success?

What was the result?

L- Learning

Learning from the experience

F- Follow-up

Ask a question about the company

Ask a question about why the company is operating with these tools or with this style.

Answer Stage Example Your answer Your answer
S-Situation While I typically like to plan out my work in stages and complete it piece by piece, I can also achieve high-quality work results under tight deadlines. Once, at a former company, an employee left days before the deadline of one of his projects.
T-Task I was asked to assume responsibility for it, with only a few days to learn about and complete the project.
A-Action I created a task force and delegated work,
R-Result and we all completed the assignment with a day to spare. In fact, I believe I thrive when working under tight deadlines
L-Learning that experience taught me to believe in my team members despite the challenge.
F-Follow-up Can I ask you what the leadership style of the former employee looked like?

Sample questions that you can get started with:

  1. What are the career regrets that you carry till date?
  2. Explain a time when you implemented a major change that helped the company.
  3. Have you exited the right employees?  Or have you made mistakes?
  4. Why not pursue a leadership position at your previous company but ours?

8 Value Additions Your Key Messages Must Entail: