EP 1916 Older job seekers do many things well. One of the obstacles for many of them is presenting well in an interview.
- Here are some discussion highlights:
- The point is always missed with job seekers — skills defining the job are different than the skills to do the job
- Over 50 job seekers must not buy the notion – “I’m over 50, I’ll be discriminated against
- One of the frequent causes of a lack of presentation is the lack of preparedness
- Practice will help you execute at the drop of a hat
- Converting education to real experience is a barrier if the professors don’t know how to make it transfer to todays real world expectations
- The preparation is work needing to be done in order to make your capabilities plain to employers
- Jeff recommends initiating the tone and pace of the interview – shift mindset from expecting to be interrogated. The job candidate positions himself better by having a conversation than a boss/subordinate Q & A
- Ask more consultative questions defining the problem the employer wants to solve. Find out what matters to them
- Recognize the stage, the audience, and find ways to make them respond. Make your presentation sound fresh
- Energy is a key for older job seekers to engage the audience—don’t be the parent telling a younger interview what to do
- Social media is great for research and to leverage the interview for familiarity and to stand out
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