You Don’t Have a Lot of Experience With . . . |

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to respond when an interviewer says, “Gee, you don’t seem to have a lot of experience with . . . “

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter and, today, I'm going to talk with you about one of
those tough interview questions designed to actually rescue you. The question . . .
basically, it's more of a statement than a question and it goes something like
like they're staring at your resume and looking very serious and they go, "gee you
don't seem to have a lot of experience with . . . whatever it is. If
it's something specific like a technology background or some
aspect of accounting or engineering you can kind of hit a slam.
In tennis, if you hit an overhead and and you just defeat opponent on
the hit and there's no retaliation for it, no response to it and
that's really what they're begging you for at this point. If you go, "it's true.
I don't really have a lot of experience with it," basically, you just shot
yourself in the foot and you can kiss the interview goodbye. You're not getting
this job. It's kind of like I did in an earlier video about the two dirty words
in interviewing like to dirty words in job search and job interviews and the
two dirty words in job search. They are "only," as in "I've only done this," or "I've only done that." And
light. "I have light experience with this or that." Because it says "I don't
really know anything about this. Could we go on to something else?" Here, they are giving
you the opportunity. Take it. Tell them exactly what you know and what you've done.
Why you claim the experience. So, for example, I'm going to use an IT example.
"Gee, you don't seem to have a lot of experience with C#. " It's not important what the
technology is. It's just that it's something that you don't seem to have a
lot of experience with. Now, at this point you talk about how you got your training
in C#, how at previous jobs you did work with C#, you worked very closely
with the manager you reported to so you got very good
insights. So, yeah, even though it's not 10 years of experience with the technology,
you have good underpinnings, solid experience with it, you talk with him
about what you've done, yadda yadda yadda. If you're in
accounting, you talk about how you work with your manager on certain functions
and were able to deliver things on time, within budget and, yes, you had a little
bit of support but it wasn't a lot of support. So, basically what you're doing
is taking the opportunity to talk about your training, talk about your experience,
to speak with confidence and certainty about what you've done, looking them
square in the eye. Not backing down, and just hitting that overhead back
and winning the point. So, this is Jeff. Altman. Hope you found this video helpful.
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have a question about a job hunting, you are like everyone. Everyone has questions
about whether they're doing the right thing or how to do something better
except they make the mistake of asking the wrong people for advice. They ask
a friend whose changed jobs and hit their head against the wall a whole
bunch of times. You talked to a former manager or a family member or your
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great day. Take care!


Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1900 episodes, and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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