“For senior hires looking to switch industries, they have to have the passion to change and help the company evolve, to continue the company’s success,” says Rooks. In other words, highlight what new skills and perspectives you have as a result of your previous career, explain your motivation, and stress the positive change that you can create in your new workplace.
At the same time, don’t let a lack of required skills and knowledge knock down your confidence. The fact that you’ve been invited to the interview means it’s not a major concern to the company. If you still believe it’s important, just bring it up. “Be brave enough to admit that,” says Rooks, “because that will show you’re being honest and will help you to find out whether the job is right for you.”