Anticipate Age-Related Questions
- “Aren’t you overqualified?” Explain why you’re interested in this job and this employer at this time in your career. Focus on what you bring to the job.
- “Will you be comfortable working for someone younger?” Stress your ability to work with people of all ages, with examples from your recent work history.
- “You haven’t worked for a long time. Why is that?” Be matter-of-fact in explaining employment gaps. Emphasize skills gained through volunteering, raising a family, or caregiving.
What About Salary Issues?
- Do not raise the issue of salary unless the interviewer brings it up.
- If asked about your salary history, ask what range the employer is working with for the position.
- If the interviewer presses you to say what salary you are looking for, you can say “negotiable,” or use a range rather than a specific number. Be prepared by researching salary levels for similar positions in your area.
Act the Part
- Be on time. If you’re extremely early, it can signal that you’re overanxious. But absolutely do not be late. Know where you’re going ahead of time, and map your route if necessary.
- Dress appropriately and professionally. Better to dress up than to look too casual. Update your wardrobe and replace that interview suit from 20 years ago!
- Walk tall, speak clearly, use eye contact, and smile. Practice your handshake; it should be firm—neither a wet noodle nor a vise grip.
Follow Up After the Interview
- Send a thank-you note or e-mail immediately.
- If you don’t hear anything in the expected time, wait a few more days. Then call once more to check in.
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