In evaluating job hunters over 50 you may jump to the conclusion that they normally sail through job interviews with ease because of their experience. Too often this conclusion is simply not true.
Job interviewing mistakes doesn’t seem to be unique to any age group. Experienced job hunters who fail to present their skills in a manner that matches the employer’s needs are rejected just as fast as everyone else.
Here are some job interviewing mistakes that seem to more often cause problems for the after 50 experienced job hunter.
1. You may be an expert and experienced but leave your ego at the door. Too often the interviewer sketches out a challenge facing the employer. Trying to show their expertise, the mid-life job hunter feels compelled to suggest how the challenge might be resolved.
In commenting how to run or change the business, the experienced job hunter may not know how their comments are being received. It may be the most natural thing in the world, because the job hunter may have solved similar problems for previous employers.
Their analysis of the problem may be absolutely correct; the solution right on the money but they do not have all the facts. Lurking in the background may be a whole range of political considerations, economic issues, and company history to deal with. It’s a mine field best not entered.
It’s much more productive to take a diplomatic approach and revert back to squaring your accomplishments with the 토토사이트 needs of the employer. Tell you story how you handled a problem, obstacles overcome, lessons learned and quantifiable results.
If asked directly how a problem might be solved, ask some questions to get as much information as possible. Refer to information you do not have like working with other disciplines, budgets and other resources and then if possible, outline a story about your approach to solving a similar problem with a previous employer. Saying you would absolutely do this or that is the kiss of death. The interviewer knows this type of answer is an unrealistic approach and you’re sure to get points off for this type of answer.
2. Taking early retirement, the mid-life job hunter in applying for a different job, and then going to great lengths talking about their future plans is a major mistake. In the interviewers mind this means the early retiree will not have the desired degree of loyalty to the employer and would not be a good hire.
Further, someone who takes an early retirement may be more interested in leaving the employer when some short-term economic goal is met. Another negative the interviewer is sure to notice. Build some answers in the interview which dispels this notion.
Maybe the early retiree only plans on working a couple of years and then finally retire. Plans change so the best approach is to leave this out of the interview. The early retiree may find the right position and work much longer, financial fortunes may change, or a family situation could take a turn not anticipated all would mean a longer period of employment.
3. Look forward not backward. The over 50 job hunter should keep from talking about the “good old days.” Show the interviewer some new skill earned recently. Comment on your active lifestyle. Be up to date on the latest in the industry and your career. Be positive about your outlook for the future and your answers to all the questions.
Work through these three possible age related challenges and your job hunting success will go way up. After all, the employer is looking to hire positive, can-do experienced problem solvers. Age will only get in the way if you let it.