Have you ever applied for a job you’re not qualified for? If you got an interview, did you just try to BS them or were you open about your deficiencies?
I’m asking because I was talking to a friend about how I was applying for a new job in my own dept, and he told me that there was something opening in his department (we work at same company) that he thought I should apply for also. Except it’s in tech security, which is something I have zero experience with. (I have worked the past 8 years in IT, mostly minor web dev. and helpdesk-type deals, so I have been around computers.) He is pretty high up in his area, and I flat out told him that I have no security experience - he said apply anyway.
I asked an old coworker about it, and he said that in tech jobs like that, just the fact I have any IT experience is what they’re looking for, and they’ll train me to do what they want.
I am suspicious of this - I don’t want to play the fool and waste everyone’s time, but it’s a significant step up. Tomorrow is the deadline, and I’m applying just for the heck of it, but I really don’t see how I can get through an whole interview on a subject I know little about. (The referring friend did tell me how they interview in two parts, one a basic questioning period, then I have to give a presentation, so I do have that going for me.)
So tell me about times you’ve done this yourself. What was the job for, and how did it turn out for you? Is it crazy? Any tips?