Interview and Job Hunting Tips for People over 50

Published: By

Interview and Job Hunting Tips for People over 50
Finding and keeping a job can be difficult at any age. Maybe it’s been a while since you’ve had to interview for a job, and you might feel a little rusty. Here are some tips to help you find a job and ace the interview:
Clean up your resume. It’s quite possible that the last time you needed your resume could be over 10 years ago. The skills, previous jobs, and education you had listed back then won’t necessarily help you get the job now. Look for things you can cut out to make room for more recent employment, and update your skill set for the position you’re going for.
Practice before your interview. When was the last time you were interviewed? For some, it could have been quite a while, and you need to brush up on your interviewing skills. Try practicing before the real thing and have someone ask you some sample questions. In your answers, focus on the tone of your voice, posture, and the overall answer. It’s important to give a good first impression to your potential employer, so nailing the interview is crucial.
Stress your experience: Most likely, you will be competing against younger applicants for the position, so it’s important to set yourself apart. Let the interviewer know your years of work experience work in their favor because you bring a certain skill set – especially leadership and hard work to the company. It’s also important that you can be a team player, and are willing to change your mind, even at the suggestions of younger workers.
Look for age-friendly companies. As much as diversity is important in the workplace, some companies have a tendency to hire young workers. It’s important to figure out which companies are more age-friendly and diverse rather than those who only hire younger people. This way, you know which companies you have a better chance with, and you won’t waste your time sitting around for a rejection letter.
Be willing to work with technology. Social media and technology are a big part of today’s world, in the workplace and outside of it. Employers want to know that you’re comfortable with using modern technology despite your age. A couple of ways to show you’re willing to do this are updating your social media presence, taking some online courses, and listing various technological skills in your resume.
Remember the law: There is no law that prohibits an employer from asking your date of birth (DOB). According to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, it is how the employer uses that information. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act protects workers by prohibiting discrimination against workers age 40 and over in any employment or employment-related decision. Therefore, the employer will want to take care not to use or appear to be using the DOB in making employment or employment-related decisions.

Back to listing