There's a lot more to working in QA than having QA experience. When I came to my current position, I had zero QA experience and never even heard of Selenium.
Now, three years later, I am the local Senior Automation Test Lead. I teach the new hires. Why did they hire someone to fill a position that had zero experience in it? Granted I'm an exception. I was a software developer for over 30 years, and yet I never coded in Java. I learned that while here, too.
They saw the potential in me. Saw that I worked for one of my previous employers for over 25 years, ran my own company for five, was sharp and a quick learner.
Those things don't show on a resume, nor does confidence.
My only point is experience matters, but not necessarily in the job at hand.