I've been recommended for a job and they think my experience is bigger than I think it is. I'm afraid they will be disappointed if I start working there and can't deliver on their high expectations. Should I bow out of the interview process?
New York, NY
This sounds more like a confidence issue than an experience issue to me. You said you've been recommended, so right off the bat, that tells me someone else believes in you. My question for you is, do you believe in yourself?
There's no substitute for that inner confidence. I'm not saying it's easy to tap into, but I do know that a true believe in your own abilities will take you far — and sometimes even further than on the job experience. You have to believe you can do it before anyone else will.
That said, there's a difference between talking a big game and being able to execute. So if you're unsure about where you stand relative to the responsibilities in this position, remember that interviews are a two-way street: you get to ask them as many questions as they get to ask you, so show up prepared to have a thoughtful discussion about their expectations and what success looks like.
— Alexandra Dickinson
CEO + founder
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