Ageism in the job interview and hiring process affects most candidates after the age of 50. Do you know how to overcome the effects of ageism?
How to overcome ageism in a job interview
“I’m just hitting my stride,” she said. “I don’t have plans of retiring any time soon.”
The recent merger caused her to choose between a nice severance or a lower position. She didn’t want to go backwards.
“Good,” I replied. “You have a lot to offer.”
“I know I do,” she stated confidently. “I just need to convince others that I’m not too old to do the job.”
“You’re only 62,” I reminded. “There are plenty of executives working well into their 70s and 80s.”
Ageism is a real thing. It’s not that employers dislike older people. But they are people, full of predictable biases. We help clients overcome these very real issues.
You have to proactively convince the employer you aren’t planning to retire soon. They want to recoup their investment.
Demonstrating vibrancy and energy is also important. If you look and act tired they will worry that you might not be able to keep the pace.
Embrace change and convince them you are an agent of change and stay up with the latest innovations.
Above all, turn your accumulated years into a powerful advantage. You’ve already learned valuable and hard lessons that won’t have to be relearned on their nickel.
About Endeavor Agency, Inc.
Endeavor Agency is the nation’s leading career agency for executives. Endeavor helps executives, physicians, and professionals find jobs. Our team prepares clients for interviews and our clients win job offers far more often. Endeavor helps clients negotiate better offers and employment contracts.