Am I The Right Fit?

Right Fit?

How do you determine if you are the right fit for the job? Start by conducting a self-assessment.  Prior to taking a new job, put yourself under the microscope. Don’t determine whether you are a good fit for a job until you understand the kind of environment in which you can thrive.

Once you have done a self-assessment and understand the type of workplace that fits you. Then you need to prepare yourself to be a high-performing and valuable employee. Do you have the skills required, the right abilities, expertise and experience as well as the right values and work ethic?

Have you made your determination based on the job responsibilities or on the desired qualifications?

Given the high unemployment rate, some job seekers are applying for positions once they believe that they can get the job done.  In many cases without the requisite skills and qualifications for the position.  Some may reason ‘I just want to get my foot in the door.’  Consider how a shortlisting panel will view you when you apply for a Finance Manager position, without acquiring a Bachelor’s degree or at least some formal training in Accounting.

The reality is, this method of job seeking will not work for all positions and can hinder your chances of being considered for any position.

Take for instance, the job vacancy below:

Ad Example

To determine whether you are the right fit for a position, look for the key words (highlighted) in the advertisement that state the requirements for the position.  Words such as essential, mandatory, minimum, required, these indicate the relevance of possessing the skills or qualifications.

An ideal candidate who is applying for this position, should have acquired a degree in a related field to Accounting and has attained or commenced an Accounting designation such as ACCA, CGA etc. Additionally, possessing a minimum of 4-6 years’ experience accompanied with previous experience in Accounting Software would be acceptable to the recruiter. Meeting these requirements will gain you a greater chance at being selected for an interview.

As a potential candidate, if you do not fulfil the criteria of the vacancy, e.g. if you have not attained a degree in Accounting/Management or have two or three years’ experience in the field, your chances of being considered an ideal candidate are slim.  Be aware that there are exceptions to what is acceptable if your experience and qualifications meet the borderline to the expectations of the recruiter.

To be the right fit for a job, you must have acquired the minimum required skills, qualifications or experience in relation to the vacancy you are applying for.  Above all, you need to be honest about your skills and abilities on your application.

Note that it is in your best interest to have acquired the requisite skills and qualifications to be considered by the organization.  There is nothing worse for an employer than being surprised by the person who actually shows up in the job as being very different from the person who showed up in the interview.   Interviews are ideally intended to sniff out false applicants.

Employers do not expect you to meet all the qualifications and skills outlined in the vacancy.  Nevertheless,  they are still looking for talented and qualified individuals who possess transferable skills to do the job.  Although there is no rule of thumb that states ‘if you are not qualified for a job you should not apply‘, having acquired less than the criteria for a vacancy and applying can be somewhat far-fetched and place you in an untenable position. To employers this behaviour can appear unprofessional and possibly affect further chances for opportunities.  You can also be blacklisted and labelled a spammer.

Remember, recruiting is a very expensive exercise for organizations.  Hiring managers are now more vigilant about the persons they hire in order to find that right fit.  They are using more sophisticated recruiting tools such as behavioural interviews and psychometric testing. This is not to act as a deterrent but to guarantee that they have chosen individuals that are the best fit for the job and the culture.  They utilize these tools to ensure that the right team is assembled to move the organisation forward to achieving its goals.

Are You the Right Fit?

  1. Ask Yourself… “Have I acquired the skills, abilities, qualifications and experience to be the Right  Fit?”
  2. Be Honest… this will make it easier for you to speak to your own experiences and demonstrate your abilities.
  3. Be Yourself… this will make it easier for you to be confident in preparation for and during the interview.

Alicia Trotman


Written by:
Alicia Trotman – HR Associate
Barbados Careers – Candidate Support