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
Although duties typically change once you are actually in the role, looking at 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 be able to excel at to highlight 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.
Update your resume and cover letter to reflect the position
Many job seekers do not alter their resumes for each job they are applying for. This is a mistake. By customizing your resume for the job you are applying for you can include any transferable skill relevant to the position as well as areas you are involved in outside of work that would be an asset in the position you are interviewing for. Be sure to include volunteer activities relevant to the position as well.
During the interview, highlight your relevant experience
Take the time during the interview to highlight the skillsets you do possess that the company is looking for. Explain how all your other experience can also benefit the organization if you’re offered the role. Also, include information you have gained from your research to demonstrate that you are knowledgeable about the company, product/service and industry, which will help you be successful in the position you are interviewing for.
Confidence is extremely significant. Even if you’re unsure about your background and/or qualifications for the role, be confident. Do your absolute best to sell yourself for the position, highlighting that you’ve already began conducting research about 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, explaining that you’re a quick learner who is always eager for a challenge and has a proven record of excelling on the job. Display that you’re confident in your abilities to do whatever it takes to benefit the company in this position.