Overcoming Shortcomings During a Job Interview

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Little or No Industry-Related Experience

Lacking industry-related experience is a common weakness among recent grads. Especially when not every college student is required to do an internship, talented graduates may have not taken advantage of them.

If an employer asks why you don’t have much experience, be honest but explain how you made up for the lack of experience. You can talk about how you gained experience through other part-time jobs, gained experience through your class work, or held leadership positions within student organizations.

No matter how hard you try, sometimes things just don't go the way you plan. Be it family, work, or education, we're not perfect. Things happen.

Heather Huhman, writing for Glassdoor, points out that "the reality is, nearly every professional has had an experience where they made a mistake or missed a deadline." These flaws can make securing employment more difficult, but by showing how you've improved as a professional and what you've learned from each experience, it is possible to keep past mistakes from ruining your chances for success.

The point of a job interview is to assess your capabilities, as well as your potential. Explaining how you've overcome and moved beyond past difficulties can show a hiring manager that you might be just the right person for the job. In this slideshow, Huhman has identified common flaws job candidates might face and ways to explain them during a job interview.

 

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