There is a lot of (bad) information out there for older job seekers on how to interview. You can find exactly how you should be dressing and exactly what to say?
Your having a hard time getting hired because you’re not just battling 100’s of other job seekers. You’re battling your age and bad advice too.
Monthly bills keep coming in and you don;t have a lot of prospects. I read a really good article about Starting Over on Career Hub
Most career advice is dangerous!
So I have compiled my top 3 Interview Tips for Older Job Seekers. But first, here’s what you need to know…
- I am going to be very honest and direct – after all we are talking about your ability to provide for yourself your family and your future. You deserve the truth and you deserve not to have it sugar coated.
- I am also going to tell you to do the exact opposite of what you have been told to do and have read. My goal is to make a difference in your job search and I would never tell you to do something that will hurt your chances of getting hired.
- The question I will ask you time and time again is… does it help you get hired or help you get eliminated? I hope you will ask yourself the same question as you create your strategy to get hired.
So here are the top 3 Interview Hacks for Older Job Seekers:
- STOP selling ALL OF YOUR EXPERIENCE and START SELLING THE RIGHT EXPERIENCE!See my article on the “I’VE DONE IT ALL” BATTLE CRY OF THE OVER QUALIFIED.
I recently coached a very experienced and talented mature job seeker. He was in my office less than 5 minutes and he told me 3 times he had 32 years of experience. So, I asked him if he thought telling me that helped or hurt his chances of getting hired? it wasn’t hurting them, it was killing them.Look at any job posted online and you will see that most advertise anywhere from 3 – 8 years experience. NOT 10, 15, 20 or 32 years of experience.
- ONLY TALK ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE YOU HAVE THAT RELATES TO THE JOB YOU APPLIED FOR.Sop many mature job seekers think that showing a hiring manager you are “more” qualified than any other candidate will get them hired – it doesn’t. Being over qualified WILL GET YOU ELIMINATED as quickly as being under qualified.
Only talk related and current experience. Don’t be the most over qualified candidate, be the PERFECT CANDIDATE.
- IF YOU KNOW YOUR AGE IS AN ISSUE, DEAL WITH IT!More help on how to do this here: INTERVIEWING MISTAKE #1 – YOUR ANSWERS CREATE MORE QUESTIONS
So many job seekers I talk to are upset to hear that their age and experience is actually working against them (and I agree, it is not fair.) BUT there is good news here.
At least you know what is standing between you and being hired. And if you know what the problem is, you can address it.
The worst thing that can happen to you is… you leave the interview and the hiring manager says, “great candidate, too bad they are too old/too qualfied.” That doesn’t have to happen to you if you take control.
A hiring manager can’t tell you they think you are to old, BUT you can certainly tell them you don’t think your age is an issue so they can stop worrying about your age and start thinking about hiring you.
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