Today I Learned...
re you over 50 and looking for a job? It's not as easy as it used to be.
The good news is, there are some things you can do to stand out in a job interview when you're over 50.
Here are 5 tips to help you stand out amongst the crowd:
1. Dress for success.
Your attire should be professionally appropriate and fit well. You don't want to look like you're trying too hard, but you also don't want to look sloppy. Make sure your clothes fit well, so they don't distract from the message you're trying to deliver during the interview.
To learn more about how to dress for success, check out our article here.
2. Do your homework.
In a job interview, it's important to show that you have done your homework and researched the company. Your interviewer might ask behavioral questions related to your research, so it's helpful if you can relate back to what you found out!
- What do they do?
- Who are they?
- Why is this position open?
- How does it fit into their overall strategy for growth/expansion/etc.?
3. Use stories to show your skills or experience.
Use stories to show your skills or experience. Stories are memorable and help you stand out in an interview. They can also be used to answer any question, which will help you feel more prepared during the interview.
- What was a time when you had to deal with a difficult coworker?
- Tell me about a time when you had an idea that wasn't well received by management, but then went on to become successful anyway.
4. Don't be afraid to ask questions.
A job interview is an opportunity for you to learn about the company and the role you're applying for, so don't be afraid to ask questions.
A good question will show the interviewer that you're interested in the position and want to learn more about it. The interview is as much about finding out if the company is right for YOU as it is about finding out if YOU are right for THEM. If there's something you don't understand or a question you want answered, don't be shy—ask away! If they were going to hire someone without asking questions, why would they bother interviewing at all?
5. Know your strengths.
Knowing your strengths is one of the most important steps to standing out during a job interview. Once you have this information, you can use it to create stories about yourself and present yourself as a solution for the company's needs.
The key here is not to focus on your weaknesses, but rather emphasize what you are great at. We all have things we struggle with, but the interview isn't about that - it's about how well-suited you are for the role they're hiring for.
A few ways to talk about your strengths include:
- Talk about something that you excel in or enjoy doing (e.g., problem solving) without being too specific or sounding like an infomercial. For example: "I love finding out how systems work together."
- Give examples of times where these traits were useful (and avoid saying things like "I'm good at everything"). For example: "In my last internship I would always volunteer for projects because I felt confident I could get them done."
You can make a great impression at a job interview, even if you fall outside of the traditional candidate profile.
We hope we’ve inspired you to go for it and make the most of your job interview.
The interview is an opportunity for you to ask questions and find out more about the job itself. It's also a great chance to walk away with some information that will help you get ready for your next big job. So go into the interview with a positive attitude. And be sure to practice being interviewed before the big day!