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As a hiring manager for a software company, I interviewed using behavioral interview questions, also known as the 'STAR' technique. The candidate is asked to talk about a specific instance that demonstrated a capability or a response to some specific circumstance. The interviewer listens for these elements:

It wasn’t necessary for a candidate to have vignettes memorized, but the stories needed to exist so that I could draw them out with questioning. An inability to give good STAR stories, even if I led the candidate very clearly, was a showstopper for continuing in the hiring process.

Here are some examples of questions that I would use to lead these discussions:

Tell me about what you did in your most recent job?
I was listening for:

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