Hey guys. I’ve been learning web development and object-oriented programming for about 2 years now. I’m currently in community college getting a probably worthless certificate in programming to have any kind of education to show an employer.
I’ve been applying to jobs for about a month now, mainly in the Springfield, MO area because that’s where I want to relocate. I haven’t gotten any response until this morning when a company from that city contacted me on LinkedIn after I applied and gave me the opportunity to do a quick coding test online through their website to make sure that I have the basic skills. I googled the company and recruiter and they were all legit.
The problem is that it is routed around PHP/Wordpress development, which is something I have very little experience in. I know that I would not be able to accomplish these tasks the way they need to be unless I’m allowed extensive googling, but this is the first time I have had contact with a programmer from the area and want to establish a good connection.
Should I just attempt to accomplish the tasks, fail miserably, but tell them that I don’t have much expertise in this area of development? Or should I politely tell them that I wouldn’t be able to do the tasks but have vast knowledge in other programming areas and would love the opportunity to help them if they have other positions and see if maybe I can get my foot in the door in another way? Or should I just ignore and continue to apply to things I know I’m more comfortable with? Thanks!