What are some tips you can give to someone who is job interviewing and the person who is doing your interview is two times younger then you and you sense that the age difference is not an issue for you but seems to make the interviewer uncomfortable?
I have been within the work force for some time; 30 years to be exact; I am running into interviewers that are younger and find themselves thrown by interviewing me. The 80/20 rule of interviewing goes out the window and they seem to do all the talking like they are the ones selling themselves. I want to find a way to put them at ease and show them I might be older however there is a great deal I can learn and that I want to do just that. #learningeverstops #interviewing #workforce #80/20rule #tips #atease
Hi Angie, I think you’ve answered your own question perfectly: Present yourself as a continuous learner with a growth mindset, that you feel there’s a lot you can learn from working with people of different age groups, and that this and all types of workforce diversity makes for stronger organizations.
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As an interviewer at my workplace it does makes me uneasy when since the candidate is older, they want to show that they know more about this job which I am at then they do. I do love when they acknowledge that since I have been at this company, understand the culture and know the expectations/culture at this job, they will be looking at me for directions in those regards. At the same time though, they are well versed in their qualifications and can do the job well.I like the methodology of developing a 60 second pitch that you can give at the beginning of your interview. That could help add some pointers there indicating you are experienced in the field although would work closely with the interviewer in other aspects you can learn from them. Good luck and hope this helps.
I think age is irrelevant in this situation. In my experience, I've seen all ages show some of those behaviors. My recommendation is to stick to your interview plan and listen to what they have to say. Sometimes, what is being said in those "monologues" could be important for you to hear as a part of your interview. Try to align your experiences with what they are talking about.
As a younger professional in the workforce, I know that it is important to be able to work with and interview with people of all ages. From my perspective, if I was to interview someone much older than me, I would want them to act natural. In a work setting, we are all equals and it shouldn't matter what the age difference is. I think if you come in with a sense of confidence about yourself, that will take over any type of hesitancy that may exist on the interviewer's side.