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Old 07-17-2017, 06:55 PM
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This might be too specific but on a job that I'm applying for, the job application process asks about having advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Access with either "Yes" or "No". How would I go about this? I know some Excel (maybe somewhere in intermediate) and have gotten familiar with Pivot tables and certain excel functions but I can't say that I'm necessarily advanced.

As for Access I recently started getting the hang of it but don't use or no all the features. I've learned some SQL and trying to get the hang of it on Access, but again, I'm not advanced.

I was thinking if I say "No", I would automatically be screened out after submitting the job application. But if I say "Yes" then I'd be lying.

How should I go about answering this on a job application? Would I necessarily be screened out if I put "No"? Or should I say "Yes" and risk trying to prove that I can pick up on Excel and Access quickly on the interview if I get an interview?
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Knowing vlookup would probably put you in the "Advanced" bucket for HR purposes
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Knowing vlookup would probably put you in the "Advanced" bucket for HR purposes
I have used vlookup for certain tables but to what extent? In other words when applying for entry level jobs that require technical skills and lots of data are you expected to already know how create formulas that have functions within functions within functions, etc.? Or do I just need to show that I can learn all that on the go?
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What's up with all these vague "technical skills" questions lately?
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When I first started applying for jobs, I would have said no to both. By the time I was finished applying for jobs, I started saying yes.

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I'd select a few books, and group by author.

See what happens.
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