The 40 Interview Tips You Need To Know If You're Over 40

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.


40 Interview Tips You Need To Know If You're Over 40 | Off The Clock Resumes


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

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