Every job hunter's story is different. Stay-at-home parents may be ready to return to the workplace after raising kids. Maybe your comfortable job isn't challenging you enough, and you're ready to move forward in your career. Interview trends have changed, and it's time for a crash course in late-career interview skills.
1. Be Passionate About The Opportunity
2. Describe How The Opportunity Will Give You Satisfaction
Employers want to know that this job won't just be a way to fill your time. Employers have a need to fill, and they need to know you will fulfill that need. By expressing how this opportunity will give you satisfaction in your life, whether it's giving back in some way or doing something that truly makes you happy, you're reaffirming employers that you will not be a poor long-term choice.
3. Highlight Your Knowledge As An Asset
4. Give Detailed Examples Of Your Expertise
5. Don't make Assumptions About The Employer Or Opportunity
Don't assume that employers will turn you down when they realize how old you are, and do not assume they will ask you questions about your age. Be prepared to address the illegality of any discriminatory questions, but put your best foot forward as an asset with keen knowledge.
6. Share Your Success Stories
7. Dress In Current Styles
8. Create A Portfolio
A portfolio is a collection of your work. While a portfolio is most appropriate for creative industries, you can create a portfolio with other materials too. If you can't create or compile examples of your work, you can gather letters of recommendation to include with your resume and cover letter. Another way to create a portfolio is start a blog or create a social media profile where you share your expertise and knowledge with others. These make great portfolio pieces!
9. Discuss Problem Solving Skills With Solid Examples
10. (Get and) Demonstrate Computer and Technical Skills
11. Present Solid Recommendations
12. Focus On Your Goals And The Future
13. Be Open To Workshops and Seminars
An employer will need to see that you are still willing and able to learn more. When interviewing an older candidate, employers are looking to see if you have a "I've-seen-it-all-done-it-all-know-it-all" attitude. Let them know that you are looking for opportunities for growth, and you are willing to attend workshops and seminars to do so.
14. Practice Your Interview Skills
15. Be Honest About Being Overqualified Or Unemployment
16. Embrace LinkedIn
17. Keep All Of Your Answers Positive
18. Research Your Employer
This is where LinkedIn is an amazing tool. Researching the company may be as easy as reading their mission statement on their website, but getting to know your interviewer or what other employees think of the company is easy with LinkedIn. The more prepared you are the better your interview will be.
19. Be Energetic
20. Be Willing And Able To Hit The Ground Running
21. Show Enthusiasm For Younger Management
Managers are getting younger and younger as former leadership retires. Employers need to know that you can take direction and criticism from a younger generation. Show enthusiasm for younger management by expressing a desire to learn what you can including technology.
22. Stay Up To Date On Industry News and Terminology
23. Show Motivation Besides Salary
24. Don't Forget The Value Of Transferrable Skills
25. Show Productivity Outside Of Your Professional Experience
If you have been self-employed or unemployed prior to this interview, show that you stayed productive. Discuss transferrable skills you gained or used while volunteering or consulting.
26. Answer Questions Thoughtfully
27. Take Your Time Answering Questions
28. Ask Questions About The Company Culture
29. Have A Firm Handshake
30. Do Not Criticize Past Employers
This may seem like a no-brainer, but if asked about reasons for leaving past employers do not criticize your past employers. Say that you are looking for a new opportunity because you weren't challenged enough or because you're looking to work for a company more like this one.
31. Show Employers That You Can Be Cross-Trained
32. Send A Thank You Card After The Interview
33. Follow Up With A Phone Call (Or LinkedIn!)
34. Ask For Feedback About Your Interview
35. Accentuate Your Reliability And Flexibility
The greatest selling point you will have as an older candidate is your reliability and flexibility. By offering to take shifts and responsibilities to alleviate younger parents, you're showing employers that you are a dependable choice.
36. Highlight Your Value Over Your Experience
37. Direct The Conversation Toward Job Performance
38. Discuss Your Strengths In Detail
39. Don't Show Up Too Early
40. Take Advantage of Tools and Resources To Stand Out