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How do you #interview for a job when you don't meet all of the qualifications?

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How do you interview for a job when you don't meet all of the qualifications?  By the way -- I don't suggest that you apply for any positions that you are not qualified for.  Instead I am writing about job postings where you meet most of the qualifications, and fall slightly short in one area.

 

First of all kudos to you for landing that interview in spite of not having all of the qualifications!  You probably did an amazing job at repackaging your experience, skills, and strengths in your resume and targeted it to the job, industry, and company. You most likely took the time out to write a meaningful cover letter as well.

 

Whether you took the time to retool your resume or were resourceful enough to find the right person to hand walk your resume to the hiring manager - Bravo you have made it to the interview…Now what?

 

Preparation is key!  Go through the following questions:

 

1.  Pretend that everyone applying for the position has much more experience, skills, and expertise than you do.  Now ask yourself what do you have besides your experience, skills, and expertise that would make the hiring manager hire you over other candidates.  

 

It may be that you identified areas such as:  your work ethic, initiative, or project management skills?  Think about how these strengths will add value to the position, team, and company.

  

2.  Go through the job posting bullet by bullet and write down all of the areas where you meet the experience and skill requirements, and be prepared to respond to specific questions surrounding those areas.

 

3.  Take a second pass through the job posting and identify the areas where you don't meet the experience and skill requirements. 

 

a.  Write down projects, companies, internships where you have devoted the time and learned in that specific area.

 

For example if they require 3-5 years of experience and you have two years, it may be that you have done similar work in other industries or your internship that will fulfill the 3-5 year requirement.

 

Sample response for do you have 3-5 years of experience in ______?  You could say something like this, "I have over 2 years of experience working on projects in this field, and I have an additional year and a half experience that I gained together with my internship and _____.

 

b.  Be prepared to respond to what you will do or what you are doing to develop in that skill.  For example if you are asked if you have worked on ____ software instead of saying no. 

 

You could say, I am familiar with this software it is similar to two different ones that I have worked on in my current role.  I am currently learning the functionality on Lynda.com or if hired for the position there is an on-line class that begins on Monday.  I am confident that I would be able to hit the floor running if hired.

 

Hope these two bits of tips helps you in your interview!  Take it from a person who applied and landed a job for a critical position where Union experience was required when she had zero experience. 

 

Regardless of what you do, believe in yourself, do the homework, and walk into the interview confident and prepared to make the best first impression.

 

Until we talk again…Ace that interview, and PS - Live on Purpose!

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