The Job Interview

If you get a job interview this generally means you are qualified to do the job. The hiring manager wants to confirm your qualifications and make sure you are a good fit for the job and the company. If you haven’t interviewed for jobs recently, you will want to make sure you take time to prepare for the interview.

First, it is important for you to make a connection with the people who are interviewing you. Second, frame your responses to the questions in ways that show hiring you will benefit the organization. You can accomplish this by researching the company before the interview and practicing your responses to questions.

Interviews can be stressful. Keep in mind that interviewers are trying to impress you just as you are trying to impress them. View the interview as an opportunity for both parties to gather information to determine if it is a good match. Listen carefully to the questions and make sure you answer them directly.

For older workers, the interview is a great opportunity to dispel stereotypes and myths. Demonstrate that you are positive, energetic, dedicated, and that you will contribute to the success of the company. Show that you are technically savvy by incorporating your computer skills into your answers and show that you are energetic by talking about physical activities you pursue. Emphasize that you are flexible and open to learning new things.

There is a good chance interviewers will be younger than you are. Do not talk down to them or say that you won’t need any training for the job. You have an opportunity to show that you can be respectful and work well with younger people, including a supervisor who is younger than you are. Do not have the attitude that since you are older you know more than your younger peers. You want to show that you can work well with all ages and that everyone can learn from one another and respect each other. 

Preparing for an Interview:

Interviews are fairly predictable, so practice. Have a friend give you questions such as “Tell me about yourself.” The more you practice the better your interview will go. Also practice answers for questions such as “Do you think you’re overqualified?” Even if the interviewer doesn’t ask this question, you may want to address it if you think it might be an issue. For example, you could say, “I am very excited about the opportunity to work in this job and to continue learning while I utilize my current skills and abilities.” Talk about how you like to learn new things, a new skill you have learned recently, your strong work ethic, and the range of skills and knowledge you bring to the job.