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When you get asked if you have specific experience with xyz in an interview, and you don’t, is it better to just say no and move on or to try and relate it to other things you’ve done?

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Say no and then relate to relevant experience

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Exactly or tell them that your responsibilities in public accounting are constantly changing and cover so many areas that you are constantly having to learn new things and adapt quickly and even if you haven’t been exposed to something specific, you can learn it quickly.

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I like that! Thank you

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I feel like moving from PA to industry, every interview I’ve done has had questions like this (whether it be software or specific accounting functions, compliance regulations, etc.) it usually seems like things I would pick up on pretty quickly and I don’t want them to discard me as a candidate since I don’t necessarily have that specific experience.

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I generally say, no experience with that specific thing, but then pull in experiences that are similar or traits that make the new thing sound within my skillset. Unless it's something I'd rather not do lol.

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