Using S.A.RThe process starts with the hiring manager determining what skills or behaviors the role they are hiring for needs. After this is decided, they can use S.A.R. to outline their questions. In the example below, the hiring manager is looking for a supply chain person who would help increase inventory turns.
S: Situation– The hiring manager will ask the candidate about a situation where they have demonstrated a specific skill or behavior. This skill of behavior is the one the manager is looking for from the candidate.
A: Action- This is where the hiring manager asks what actions the candidate took in light of the situation.
R: Result- Here, the hiring manager asks the candidate to describe what happened because of the action. The hiring manager should look for what the candidate learned and what they did differently moving forward considering the result.After it is outlined, all three parts can be combined to create the final question:
Tell me about a time where you drove increasing inventory turns. (S) What was the situation, (A) what did you do, and (R) what was the result?Simple and effective.