For Older Workers and the unemployed, being prepared for the Dreaded interview questions can give you the confidence you need to get the Job.
HR questions can be pretty scary, especially if you are caught off guard and don’t have your answers ready. Preparing for the questions is the key to having a rock solid interview.
Let’s look at a few of the more fearful bias that candidates face and some best tips to ace the interview today:
Employer Bias # 1 – “Hiring personnel fear older workers won’t stay in the job once they have it.”
Even though younger workers today are just as likely to leave before the 5 year work anniversary, hiring managers still have that “fear” about older workers who will be more apt to get sick or want to retire. Be prepared by having answers like:
“I’ve been loyal during my work tenures and I planned on staying at my previous company but a large company layoff prevented that for me and many other people that were laid off.”
“I’ve worked many years at my previous employer I was known for not using all of my allotted vacation days – because I really enjoyed working on many projects and simply do not get sick often.”
Don’t forget to be ready for the famous question “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”
Some version of “I am looking forward to being employed and contributing to this company in the capacities I’m needed when the 5 year mark comes and beyond.”
Employer Bias # 2 – Employers fear older workers are technophobes and won’t be comfortable with recent technological advances.
That may have been more relevant 20 years ago when the internet boom was happening, but this doesn’t hold water today – but unfortunately the bias still lingers. How can you be ready for this today?
Point out the technical changes you’ve experienced and how you kept up with them by taking training and courses and certifications.
Studying YouTube videos now and make sure to cite them. Studying video series is a very credible and modern learning tool, all Millennials do it –we all learn this way today.
Make sure your Linkedin profile is up to date and you have a vanity URL, for example mine is “peoplestrategist.”
Make sure your resume is no more than 2 pages. It’s ok if your Linkedin has your complete employment history and is longer, but today your resume is your marketing synopsis not your full autobiography.
Lastly, go through your Linkedin profile 1st degree connections and see who you can say hello to that you have not in a while and ask to a moment of their time to network with them and about their company. The key is to start using your network which is the most powerful thing you have.
Do you know how many people you are connected to? Time to start connecting!
Singh is a leading consultant in the field of workforce development and talent acquisition strategy and has been a trusted adviser to over one hundred companies. He is a graduate of OSU, NJIT and NYU. Connect with Vinay: https://bit.ly/2mR2nHv
Singh currently has two books in process and is a frequent contributor to linkedin.com and medium.com. He also promotes workforce prosperity through the closed Facebook community Rising Middle Class – Workforce Prosperity group.