Phil Rosenberg, president of the site reCareered, believes that uttering these words equate to committing job interview suicide: "I haven't done it, but I could learn." Of course you could learn. Instead, he suggests, talk about a similar problem that you've solved.
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... what if most everything on the job description is a great match for your skills, but they want one or two skills or accomplishments you don't really have a lot to say about?
As an example, she uses leadership skills. Perhaps you haven't had much opportunity to lead in your job. What then?https://o1.qnsr.com/log/p.gif?;n=203;c=204663295;s=11915;x=7936;f=201904081034270;u=j;z=TIMESTAMP;a=20410779;e=i
One tactic would be to talk about situations in which you exhibited leadership outside of work. Perhaps you organized the school pancake breakfast or lead a team in raising a lot of money for charity. Even high school and college students can gain valuable experience with volunteer work.
Another strategy, Salpeter says, is to think about the attributes of a leader and talk about how you have shown those traits at work. She mentions these among the qualities of a leader:
- Shows (and takes) initiative - enthusiastically.
- Has strong communication skills.
- Can think on his or her feet and make decisions.
- Is focused on the best possible ways to get the job done.
- Is able to convince others of a viewpoint or plan - and inspire them to cooperate.
The example she gives sounds too much like hem-hawing with too many "ands" for my taste, but here it is:
When I think of the best leaders, they demonstrate dedication and confidence, can think ahead and make good decisions and have strong relationships with their teammates. (Then, tell a story illustrating a time when you used those skills.)
Based on the job description, it's best to plan ahead and rehearse what you would say about skills that "are a reach." Just hope it doesn't include telling about a time when you implemented a VoIP system.