What An Employer is Really Looking for When They Say “No Experience Required”

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This is something you’ll see all over the world. Companies say “no experience required!” and then you interview with them and they say “you’re not the right fit,” or you “don’t have the right experience,” and sometimes you don’t get any feedback at all.

In some cases, they aren’t necessarily looking for specific industry experience and are just looking for candidates to have office or general professional experience. In other cases, they are open to completely inexperienced, right out of school. Even your college degree or part-time waitress job will show that you have work ethic and dedication.

And occasionally, it will be a scam. You have to be on the lookout for scams when you’re applying for jobs. One way to make sure a company is legitimate is to do some research. Find the company online, look for a website, an “about us” page with real people on it, look for a LinkedIn profile, social media accounts, and more.

Look for reviews of that company. You can find reviews on sites like Glassdoor and Indeed, and these are typically reviews from current and former employers, and sometimes clients. Pay attention to what people say about that business to ensure that you aren’t wasting your time.

But most of these employers are simply looking for entry level candidates. Entry level means anywhere from 0–2 years of experience. “Mid level” generally refers to 3–6 years of industry-specific work experience, and “Senior level” usually means 7+ years. When an employer says “no experience required,” you will still need to put together your resume and cover letter and then present yourself well if you are asked in to interview.

Here are things an employer will be looking for when they interview a true entry level candidate:

  • How you communicate
  • How you present yourself/general professional demeanor
  • Your general personality and if you would fit their company culture
  • How prepared you are
  • What your general skills are and if you will be trainable
  • How interested you are in their company and this specific job
  • Whether or not you are ambitious and eager to learn and grow
  • Whether or not you can take criticism

And more. Body language, wording, your resume. All of these things are part of any job interview, and more so in an entry level interview, when you have no industry experience or references to fall back on.

This may seem like a long list, but these are all important aspects for an employer to consider and for you to be aware of. You need to be dressed professionally and speak clearly and without swearing or slang.

Shake hands like you mean it, stand up when people enter a room, and look people in the eye during conversation. You want to have some examples of skills, such as being a team leader on a school project, or how you dealt with a difficult customer at your retail job. You should have done research on the company and the job, so that they understand you’re interested in this job specifically, not just any job you can get.

When you think about what an employer might be looking for, think about what you would want to experience from a boss or a colleague in a professional environment. You want someone whose personality fits with the team, who is interested in being there and learning the job, and who isn’t getting defensive when they make a mistake, they simply apologize, correct it, and learn from the situation.

Companies want ambition but not arrogance, and they want good communicators that will ask questions when they need help. They want people who will learn and grow and be an asset to their firm.

Taking the interview process seriously and presenting yourself well, even to entry level jobs, is extremely important in your search!

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