Utilize What You Have
In any interview situation, emphasize your experience. The wisdom and insight that come from experience can save the company time and money. Show an interviewer that, once hired, you will be able to have an immediate impact in the company. You will not need extensive training, which can be expensive and time-consuming. Tactfully point out current company issues and how your experience will be able to help them. Show how your maturity will be more advantageous than youth, and that you already know how to get along with others and are less prone to drama.
Use Evidence, Not Claims
Younger applicants who do not have experience can’t back their answer up with evidence. An older applicant, in contrast, will have the luxury of using experience as proof of their skills.
When answering questions, cite examples of how your experience improved a company based on dollars saved, profit, time saved, or any other quantifiable data in which you were responsible.
Common reasons why employers avoid hiring older applicants include:
- Older applicant can’t keep up
- Established work habits
It is vital during the interview to show that you are able to adjust to the modern work environment. Emphasize that working with younger bosses will not be an issue. It is critical that during the interview you show respect and remain open to suggestions and instructions, regardless of the interviewer’s age.
You also need to show an interviewer that you are able to keep up with the latest technology. Let him or her know that technology will not be an issue for you. Demonstrate your knowledge with the latest technology.
Don’t let age be the barrier between you and your next job. Leverage your experience in your next interview. Show the interviewer that you are an asset and will be a positive addition to the company.