Interview Tips for Senior Workers

Telling an energetic story can make all the difference.

So, you’re an older worker, but you still have a lot to offer.  Thankfully the tide is changing in your favor.  As we reported in this week’s Personal Finance 120 video, older workers are back in demand.  Just because you’re marketable it doesn’t mean the offers will come rolling in.  Even if they do, you still have to interview for the job, which presents some challenges for older workers. Instead of the old dog and pony show, older Americans have to tell the story of their experience.  Build a narrative describing your skills and real world experience.  Sprinkle in talking points of your more challenging projects, talk about your leadership style, or how you’ve mentored subordinates throughout your career.   

As an older interviewee you’ll also have to breakdown stereotypes. Some folks see people in their 50’s and 60’s as walker-bound silver-hairs waiting for Wheel of Fortune to sign-off so they can hit the sack.  Obviously, this is not the case, so bring your energy to the interview. Leave them thinking you’re a 20 year old with the mind of a sage.

Interviewing can be challenging for anyone, so don’t feel discouraged by the process.  By projecting the best of what you have to offer you’ll increase your chances of success.  Until next time I’m Thom Fox for Cambridge Credit Counseling Corp.

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