I want to know how to address an issue of 'lack of experience.'
I recently had to go on more interviews than I probably ever have in my life before. I have over 25 years corporate experience. my job experience is as follows:
- 10 years with company A
- 14 years with company B
- 2 years with company C
- 4 months with company D.
For company B, my duties encompassed two different career paths. When my job was outsourced to another state, I decided to pursue the more interesting direction of QA testing. I had an aggregate of over 5 years testing experience at that point.
For company C, testing was 100% of my duties. I would still be there now but my department was outsourced to another state and I still had no interest in relocating.
4 months with company D (laid off due to lack of work)
I am scrupulously honest. If I do not feel proficient in something I will not claim I am. I have excellent references from former supervisors. A number of my job opportunities have come through people I have worked for previously, as they feel comfortable suggesting me for a position as I have an excellent work ethic.
However, after several of these recent interviews, I received feedback indicating I wasn't getting hired because I did not have enough "experience".
How do I make it clear that I am a rapid learner? I did try to point out during the various interviews that a hire who just has the knowledge of any particular program or app is not necessarily as useful as a hire who can learn any program or app quickly.
Is the "you lack experience' the interview equivalent of, "it's not you, it's me?" Is it even something I can overcome?