10 Essential Interview Tips for Job Seekers Who Are 50+

Age Discrimination 2I hear from so many people who are over 50 that finding a new job, or advancing in their current job, is very difficult. There is not supposed to be any age discrimination, but you and I know it definitely exists in many instances. So what can be done to alleviate it as much as possible? Here are 10 tips to consider if you are experiencing age discrimination, or want to do whatever you can avoid it.

  1. First impressions count – you are being evaluated from the minute you walk into the room. Present yourself as energetic and vibrant – give the impression you can do what it takes to get the job done.
  2. Get an up-to-date haircut and if coloring your hair would help, consider it.
  3. Wear clothes that look “current”, are comfortable and that fit you well. Dress for the job you want.
  4. Be aware of your body language – act alert, interested and enthusiastic – if you aren’t enthusiastic about you, how do you expect anyone else to be.
  5. When face-to-face with the interviewer, give a warm smile, a firm handshake and direct eye contact to make a lasting impression.
  6. Make sure you are current with the technology and changes within your field.
  7. Focus on the employers’ needs, not yours. The main point the employer wants to know is what you can do to help them succeed. To address that, you have to have done your homework so you know what their needs are.
  8. Have specific examples of successes and accomplishments that you’ve had in previous jobs that illustrate how you’ve used skills that pertain to the job you are interviewing for.
  9. Interviewing is a two-way street. Make sure you have relevant questions to ask the interviewer – again, you will have had to conduct research on the company to decide what these might be.
  10. Interviewing is selling and YOU are the product – highlight the benefits you will bring to the position so the Interviewer will see why you are the right person for the job.

***I want to make sure you have every opportunity to get calls for the jobs you want, and that your resume doesn’t indicate your age – in order to do this, you need to start with a stellar resume – so I am offering you a complementary resume critique – I know what it takes for a resume to get results! Just email your resume to me at careerist@aol.com and put “Resume Critique” in the subject line. I will then critique your resume. I look forward to hearing from you.***

I would love to hear your experiences of conducting a job search, if you are 50+, or are not advancing in your career as you would like.

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