How To Handle Questions In A Job Interview About A Lack of Experience

It's Duncan Brodie here from Goals and Achievements.

In this video, I want to talk a little bit about how to handle questions in a job interview about a lack of experience.

Now, the first thing I'd say to you is if you are going into an interview and there's an area where you don't have the experience, actually acknowledge the fact that you don't have the practical experience and be upfront with the person who is doing the hiring.

But don't allow that lack of experience to be a complete blocker for you.

Instead, explain what you understand about the particular area from a theoretical perspective, perhaps based on what you've actually studied so far.

The third thing I would say is that use the other examples of times when, despite having a lack of experience in something, you were able to achieve something.

You know, in life every day we are overcoming things and learning new things all the time, and we are learning how to use new technologies, for example.

So actually look for other examples that shows that you can quickly learn and pick up new things.

And finally, what I say to you is highlight the fact that it's actually a great development opportunity for you and for the organisation.

It's an opportunity for you to learn, but it's also a great opportunity for them perhaps to get someone to come in and look at things with a fresh pair of eyes so it could be a win win all round.

So that's my thoughts on how to handle questions about a lack of experience.

About the Author Duncan Brodie

Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.

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