Sometimes an awkward situation is created by an employer outlining expectations of a job that don't quite align with the abilities of the candidate. Rather than going with the flow and saying you're qualified to do tasks that you aren't, Mistal says job seekers shouldn't be afraid to acknowledge what qualities they do and don't bring to the table.
"If there is something an interviewer wants and you don't have it, you can turn that interview around and say 'No, I can't do that, but here is what I can do,'" says Mistal.
To improve your confidence about stating what you can and can't do, Mistal suggest professionals go into each interview with a clear sense of what they would ideally want their next job to look like so that they're able to be up front about what they can contribute.
"If you're going into an interview and you don't know why you're sitting there other than because they have an opening, that's not going to lead to happiness," she says. "If something is not going to work, then be honest and talk about what can work."
Mistal says that speaking confidently about the qualities you bring to the table can in some cases lead an employer who likes you to alter a position to better fit your strengths.
"I know for a fact that interviewers will change certain job responsibilities if they find the right candidate," she adds.