A: When browsing through job descriptions, it’s rare for a candidate to find one where they meet all of the requirements. To decide if it would be worth applying to a position, you must first understand which prerequisites are most important.
For certain positions, education level and industry experience are generally firm requirements. However, if a job says you need 4 years of experience and you only have 3, this would be an instance you should still apply.
For other positions where education is not a complete necessity, companies will consider a candidate whose experience is equivalent to the education preferred. So, if there’s a position with a degree requirement, but you have extensive experience – you should still apply.
When it comes to requirements such as certifications, platforms, or software, companies are typically open to considering something equivalent.
The employer won’t know who the perfect candidate is until they have finished conducting interviews. From the time the job description is written to the time someone is hired, their perception of what they desire in an employee may change. So, you should still apply, even if you are slightly underqualified or overqualified. And then assess your options if you’re contacted.