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

7 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

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.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"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."

Admin
Answer example

"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."

Manager
Answer example

"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?"

Marketing
Answer example

"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."

Retail
Answer example

"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."

Sales
Answer example

"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."

Teacher
Answer example

"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!"

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
First written on: 10/13/2016
Last modified on: 08/09/2018

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