In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to handle an interview situation where the hiring manager is much younger than you.

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I want to talk with you about age discrimination, 1 of the most common forms of discrimination in hiring.As a search professional, I hear the lament . . . And I've heard from the time when I was 1st entering the business was 20 years old . . . "I being discriminated against because of my age. I'm X number of years old I was interviewed by someone who is much younger than me. I said no chance of getting the job."

That may have been true. I also want to say that discrimination takes a whole host of forms , including your assumption that this person was going to discriminate against you and that the 20-year-old like I once was is being interviewed by the 45-year-old who thinks that in no way, shape or form does this person ever bring in the head. Discrimination takes a whole host of forms .

Be that as it may, you are the person who is my age (I'm in my 60s) interview by the person in their 30s or 40s. You have that feeling in the pit of your stomach that this interview is dead in the water before it even gets underway. I would just want to say to you that you may be wrong. You may actually be someone who they are really interested in for the very reason that you have the experience.

My advice he was really very simple. Make no assumptions. Walk in there and know that you may not get the job. You may not get the job NOT because of your age But because you did not perform well on the interviews. You may not demonstrate all the brilliance that you have and the experiences and template that you have in the course of your interview. That's not their fault; that's because you gave up proactively walking in the door.

Your goal when you walk in the door. In the example that I gave with the person who might be 20 or 30 years your junior is to make them fall in love with you, just like you would be trying to do if you're being interviewed by someone who is your own age.

Invariably, there are circumstances where the younger hiring manager asks the question that translates into, "can you take direction from me?" The correct answer is, "Of course. I've done it before. I've taken direction for people younger than I. Statistically, you must admit the probability is I'm always going to be working for someone younger than me. This was never an issue for me, but I've always recognize that people are concerned about it going in. I have no issue with it."

You can be just as casual in his blunt this I was in that answer. Also say that there is another variation on This where you can say, "I have no problems. As a matter of fact, I have worked with younger hiring managers before. At times, they appreciate that I have the experiences That I do because they see me as someone that they can come to for advice, who is not going to stick their noses in my business, allow them to make the mistakes, but is available as a resource if they need it."

Notice what you are doing you saying, "I can mentor, but I'm not going to push my mentoring on you."They can come to you as an advisor because you have certain experiences that may be of value to them. I don't answer is good. You can combine those answers for easily.

Again, my suggestions are always do the things that are comfortable for you and allow yourself to just be magnificent in the interview, even though you are concerned that this person is going to reject you because of your age.

Again, you may not be the person that they hire, but you may be the trailblazer makes it possible for the next person to get hired, all because of your performance. So, do a masterful job.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

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  1. Jeff Altman

    Good luck (I’m 62) and go watch someon of my Tough Interview Questions
    videos for things that might be asked to trip you up.

  2. Jeff Altman

    Good luck (I’m 62) and go watch someon of my Tough Interview Questions videos for things that might be asked to trip you up.

  3. Jeff Altman

    Good luck (I’m 62) and go watch someon of my Tough Interview Questions videos for things that might be asked to trip you up.

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