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EP 1099 Interviewing when you’re over 60 is different than when you’re younger.

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I want to do a video today for those of you who are over 60 like me and talk with you about differences in interviewing. I'll simply say that there are a few things that come to mind for me when I am coaching more experienced individuals about interviewing.

The 1st is the lack of practice that so many of you engage in when preparing for the interview. It's as though you can walk in and kind of comes your way through the interview without any preparation. You don't review your resume. You don't review how to answer some of the questions that you will be asked. You don't think in advance. You don't research organizations you'll be interviewing with one along the hiring manager. Thus you are kind of "winging it." That's not a smart move on your part. It shows up in many different ways. I will simply say that you are shooting yourself in the foot. Without adequate preparation before you walk in.

The next thing I see a lot of people doing is They are not conscious of some of the nonverbal signals they send out n the course of an interview. As a result, they don't project confidence. They see someone 20 or 30 years they were junior chronologically and, immediately, they feel defeated.

Let me sum up by saying (1) what's the bias against older workers? No energy. Lack of enthusiasm. Stuff along those lines. So you arrive In a purposeful way (not puffed up. Not phony.). Friendly. A competent handshake. Good body language. A smile of confidence as you need someone goes a long way.By the way, that is true for both men and women.Your demeanor sends messages to people about your security with yourself. Send those messages.

Lastly, when you notice significant differences in age between yourself and others, there will always be a point in an interview we can take this head-on. They can use the language of talking about how you are more senior than the job or, "Are you sure that you are going to be happy in a role like this?"Asking a question like this immediately let's you know That that is 1 of their concerns. They are not trying to be nice men or women when asking this question. They just don't think you are going to be happy in the job.

Part of that is, "We are all a team of 30-year-olds here. You are not."

"I have worked with and for people who are far less experienced than me And there has never been an issue. What I try to do is support the team. I become part of the team. I serve."

The idea is that you should address it and not pretend that it doesn't exist and then blame ageism later on for the problem. What you have to do is deal with a lot of these problems proactively, rather than use the excuse of ageism to deal with the fact that you didn't adequately prepare, that you didn't walk in with confidence and self assurance and, lastly, Deal with an issue that you think an employer might be concerned about proactively.


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 life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1000 episodes,“ Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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