Learn how to sell your experience. You don’t need to be captain of the rowing team or a volunteer at the Citizens Advice Bureau to stand out. This is often a new skill for students to learn because they’re too used to being modest about their achievements. Interviewers don’t have the benefit of knowing how impressive your achievement is unless you tell them.Learn how to sell your experience. You don’t need to be captain of the rowing team or a volunteer at the Citizens Advice Bureau to stand out. This is often a new skill for students to learn because they’re too used to being modest about their achievements. Interviewers don’t have the benefit of knowing how impressive your achievement is unless you tell them. It’s easy to transform the seemingly mundane experience into a tale of achievement by following the S-T-A-R or the C-A-R method. This structure forces you to be concise and bring out the best of your experience.For example:

Context

This should be brief. Include enough information to provide the necessary background to explain what you were doing. This is the least important part.

Action

By contrast this is the most important part and should form the majority of your answer. This is all about you – even if you worked within a team. What was your role? What exactly did you do?

Result

Briefly outline the outcome. The best answers quantify the outcome ‘I secured £3,000 in funding’ or ‘the magazine was distributed to 300 students’. Be able to answer the following (and more):

· Tell me about a time you worked in a team

· Tell me about how you resolved a recent major challenge

· When have you worked under pressure? How did you handle it?

· Tell me about a time you had to deal with a difficult team member, how did you handle that?

· When did something not go to plan? How did you adapt?

Filling out a table like this might be helpful:

Always be specific, focus on what you did (even if you did something as part of a team) and try to use different experiences for different competencies if you can.

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