Telling recruiters you don’t have the skills and they are still interested

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This is not a humble brag. I am telling recruiters I don’t believe that I have the skills for a position and they are still interested and want to talk to me.

I can’t believe it. If I was a recruiter and someone told me that they don’t think they have the skills I would believe them. I will talk with the recruiter, but I fear it will be a waste of time.

What this says to me is that the shortage is severe. His answer is that they were looking for skills of all levels. I don’t like to apply to jobs unless I feel I can be an SME or am strong in most of the skills. I don’t mind learning new things, but I don’t want to feel completely overwhelmed with doing something that I have no background or experience with. Most companies want you to hit the ground running, so I try to be conservative with my skills until I feel convinced I can add “value”.

Now, of course, not every company needs the same level of skills that you have. Often you will get rejected and they will say BS like “you would be bored”. That is for me to determine not someone else. There are always things you can learn at every job, and if you are curious you are never bored.

It is clear that the crude way that recruiting is done is really unhelpful to all parties. I like the useful skills-based approach where they ask you questions and measure your skills. I love to answer questions in interviews and share what I know. It makes me feel smart. When a company wants to hire me without asking any questions that is a red flag to me honestly. How do they know that I am smart? I could be lying.

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Anyway, this should be interesting to see how I don’t fit into this company.