- To sell themselves to the interviewer
- To portray themselves in the best possible light
- To make it appear they are the ideal, perfect candidate for the job
- To not disclose any weaknesses or shortcomings
- To tell the the interviewer what the candidate thinks they want to hear
- For the interviewer to hire them rather than anyone else
The interviewer, at least at Pinnacol, also has some specific things we are trying to accomplish:
- To understand what the candidate has actually done in their current and prior positions as an indicator of what they will really do if hired into your opening (the essence of "Behavioral Interviewing")
- To understand both the strengths and weaknesses realizing there is no such thing as a perfect candidate
- To hire the best candidate based on accurate, meaningful job-related information
When it comes to discussing weaknesses there are specific reasons, from the interviewer's perspective, why this is important:
The first is fairly obvious - If we know what the weaknesses are and they are critical enough to preclude the candidate from further consideration, it helps form our hiring/not hiring decision. This is probably the single biggest reason candidates don't like to disclose weaknesses.
More importantly to Pinnacol is whether the candidate is self-aware to the point of being able to candidly acknowledge where their weaknesses lie and to discuss the steps they are taking to address those weaknesses. Pinnacol does a tremendous amount of training of its employees and the reality is that training is done, in large part, to specifically help our employees overcome their weaknesses.
- Think of a Situation or Task that you’ve struggled with in the past. This could be anything from having difficulty remaining cool under pressure, being afraid of public speaking, or getting too caught up in the little details of a project and missing deadlines.
- Identify what Actions you’ve taken to improve your skill-set or overcome this shortcoming at the office. For instance, if you’ve been too efficient for your own good in the past and ended up cutting corners, you can explain what measures you’ve taken to ensure you produce a high-quality, error-free product now.
- Discuss the Results of your actions. Are you no longer struggling with this skill at the office? Have your customer scores or employee assessments improved? Are you performing better at your organization? Prove you’re an accomplished professional by explaining the final success.
At Pinnacol we frame our interview questions around this same STAR format so for candidates interviewing at Pinnacol Amanda's tips are great advice!