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Rachelle Enns is an interview coach and job search expert. She works with candidates to perform their best in employment, medical, and post-secondary admission interviews.

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After reviewing our job description, are there any required skills listed that you feel you are lacking?

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    After reviewing our job description, are there any required skills listed that you feel you are lacking?

      How to Answer

      This question can be tough to navigate! As a potential candidate, it can be challenging to show weakness for fear the company will lose interest. When you answer this question about a skill that you feel you are lacking, explain how you plan to become stronger in that skill.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I feel I'm not as well versed in Photoshop as I would like to be, but I found some YouTube tutorials and books that can help me with this skill."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "I am very excited about the job description and feel my qualifications align with the type of candidate for which you are seeking. I could have stronger skills in Excel; however, I am more than happy to enroll myself in a course immediately."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "I have read through your job posting, description, and learned more about your company online. I feel that I have all of the must-have and nice-to-have qualifications for which you are looking. Is there anything you feel I am lacking or anything that I can answer further for you?"

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "I think that I meet all of the must-have requirements for this opportunity. If there's anything that I may not be 100% proficient at, I take it as an opportunity to grow and learn, but certainly, know I can rise to the occasion on any task asked of me."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "I think that I meet 99% of the requirements and the only skill I am not as versed in as I would like, would be the buying decisions. I have assisted in buying for two years now, but I have not taken the lead. I am more than excited and feel as though I am prepared to take on this responsibility, and look forward to learning from the more experienced members of the organization so I can be successful at this task as well."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "I feel as though that the job description has me in mind. I truly fit it to a "T," and it is directly in line with my targeted career path. I would love to clarify any areas for you that we haven't been able to cover yet."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "I am confident that I have the skills required for this role. Could you share with me any areas where you feel I may be lacking? I would love for you to see the same level of fit that I do!"

      5 Community Answers

      Anonymous Answer

      "I am very excited about the job description and feel my qualifications align with the type of candidate for which you are seeking. Aside from my Bachelor's degree in Psychology, I have more than 20 years of experience in customer service helping and assisting customer concerns, and resolving issues. In my last role as a catering business owner, I gained a lot of skills in administrative work and dealing with different age groups from 5 years old to 18 years old, and I am confident that these skills will be helpful in fulfilling my duties as a Family Service Specialist."

      Stephanie's Answer

      Great response; you clearly highlight the strengths that you'd bring to the Family Service Specialist role, while also illustrating how your previous professional experience has equipped you with transferrable skills.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I am proficient with most of the Adobe publication tools. Your company is looking for an Adobe InDesign skillset. None of my previous positions utilized InDesign as their main publication tool, but I have taken tutorials on InDesign, many of its principles are based on other Adobe tools with which I am proficient."

      Cindy's Answer

      This reads like a very honest answer, and yet, you're able to highlight your drive to continuously learn new skills. Good job!

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