"I have worked with diverse groups of people most of my career, including my time in University. I am most comfortable, and happy, in this type of environment because it offers a great learning opportunity."
"In my current role, I work alongside cross functional teams regularly. Together, we manage our business and effectiveness."
"I would say that pretty much every company I have worked for has valued diversity. Working with people from all walks of life help shed different perspectives and identify potential problems faster."
Are you accustomed to working with a very large or diverse team of individuals? Assure the interviewer that you are able to handle an environment that offers diversity.
"I realize that I may not check of all of the boxes for this position; however, I can assure you that I am a very quick learner. The main point I am missing is experience in QuickBooks but I am very well versed in another accounting program called Sage. I think that I can pick up the required knowledge quickly."
"I am fully committed to learning (and mastering) any skills I do not currently have and will compensate for any lack thereof by honing in on my strengths to best serve the company."
"I will learn whatever skills are needed to excel in this position. I will find a coworker mentor and take classes, if necessary. You won't be disappointed."
Most job descriptions will have a long list of requirements. Hiring managers are aware that, to find a candidate that checks ALL of the boxes, can sometimes be impossible. If you are missing some of the 'nice to have' or even the 'must have' skills listed in the job description, do not fret! Be open about your shortcomings and discuss with the interviewer how you plan to compensate for those.