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Preparing for a Job when you Lack Qualifications

Have you applied for a job that you feel under-qualified for?  What happens when you land an interview?  If you find yourself in this situation, there are simple steps you can take to sell yourself for a position you may lack some credentials for.  Here is how:

Research the job and company

Analyzing the job description before an interview is a great way to prepare.  Having solid, overall knowledge of the company’s product or service will also help you understand the areas of the position you will easily excel at. Use that information to highlight your skills during your interview.

Also, try locating other individuals within the industry in a similar position.  Find their resumes and examples of their work if possible to gain insight into a typical day and to better understand what the duties of the role will actually look like.

During the interview, highlight your relevant experience

Take the time during the interview to highlight the skill sets you do possess that the company is looking for.  Explain how all your other experience can also benefit the organization if you are offered the role. Include the information you have gained from your research to demonstrate that you are knowledgeable about the company, product/service, and industry. This will not only show your preparedness but will help you be successful in the position you are interviewing for.

Be confident

Confidence is extremely significant. Even if you are unsure about your background and/or qualifications for the role, be confident. Do your absolute best to sell yourself for the position, stress that you have researched the company, possible team members and industry experts’ advice on what it takes to be successful in this kind of role.

Be honest

If you don’t have the skills listed in the job description, explain that you are a quick learner and eager for a challenge. Show your proven record of excelling on the job. Display that you are confident in your abilities and your hire will benefit the company in this position.