Ep #225: Why the STAR Method Fails and My 3C’s Approach to Interviewing Succeeds

As you edge closer to the executive suite, are your interview techniques keeping pace?

Conventional interview approaches like the STAR method probably served you well as a subject matter expert.

But this strategy quickly begins to fall short as you reach the director level and above.

Here’s why:

Interview techniques like STAR are great for demonstrating technical expertise and task completion.

(AKA: the things that make you a great manager.)

But they fail to showcase your ability to solve problems, make decisions or speak to the bigger vision of the organization.

(AKA: the things that make you a great leader.)

You need a strategy that does more than list achievements—it must spotlight your alignment with the company’s long-term goals and your ability to think and communicate like the executive-leader-to-be that you are.

In this episode of Women Changing Leadership with Stacy Mayer, I’m breaking down all the problems with the traditional STAR method and walking you through my unique, elevated approach to nailing executive-level interviews. I’ll introduce you to my 3C’s Method—Culture, Confidence, and Commitment—and give you real-life examples of how my clients are using this process to get out of the endless interview cycle and finally land the high-level leadership positions they deserve.

Let’s dive in.

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What You'll Learn:

  • The limitations of the STAR method and why it doesn't cut it for executive-level interviews.
  • My 3C method for sharing precisely what the leadership team needs to hear from you during a high-level leadership interview.
  • How to effectively use the 3C method to prove that you are a perfect cultural fit for the organization.
  • The difference between showing your results and showing how you create change.
  • How to demonstrate that you want to grow with the organization by clearly communicating your long-term career vision.

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About Your Host

Hi! I'm Stacy Mayer, a Certified Executive Coach and Promotion Strategist on a mission to bring more diversity to the leadership table by getting 1000 underrepresented corporate managers promoted into senior executive positions each year worldwide.

I help undervalued executives scale to the C-Suite using repositioning strategies that build your confidence and visibility, so you can earn the recognition and support you need from key stakeholders while embodying your unique leadership style.

My podcast “Women Changing Leadership with Stacy Mayer” tackles topics like executive communication, getting more respect in the workplace from challenging bosses and team members, and avoiding the common mistakes that sabotage career advancement.

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