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I'm Being Interviwed By Someone Much Younger

I’m Being Interviewed by Someone Much Younger! | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 932 The anniversary show AND I explain how to handle an interview situation where the hiring manager is much younger than you.

Summary

I want to talk with you about age discrimination, 1 of the most common forms of discrimination in hiring.As a search professional, I hear the lament . . . And I've heard from the time when I was 1st entering the business was 20 years old . . . "I being discriminated against because of my age. I'm X number of years old I was interviewed by someone who is much younger than me. I said no chance of getting the job."

That may have been true. I also want to say that discrimination takes a whole host of forms , including your assumption that this person was going to discriminate against you and that the 20-year-old like I once was is being interviewed by the 45-year-old who thinks that in no way, shape or form does this person ever bring in the head. Discrimination takes a whole host of forms .

Be that as it may, you are the person who is my age (I'm in my 60s) interview by the person in their 30s or 40s. You have that feeling in the pit of your stomach that this interview is dead in the water before it even gets underway. I would just want to say to you that you may be wrong. You may actually be someone who they are really interested in for the very reason that you have the experience.

My advice he was really very simple. Make no assumptions. Walk in there and know that you may not get the job. You may not get the job NOT because of your age But because you did not perform well on the interviews. You may not demonstrate all the brilliance that you have and the experiences and template that you have in the course of your interview. That's not their fault; that's because you gave up proactively walking in the door.

Your goal when you walk in the door. In the example that I gave with the person who might be 20 or 30 years your junior is to make them fall in love with you, just like you would be trying to do if you're being interviewed by someone who is your own age.

Invariably, there are circumstances where the younger hiring manager asks the question that translates into, "can you take direction from me?" The correct answer is, "Of course. I've done it before. I've taken direction for people younger than I. Statistically, you must admit the probability is I'm always going to be working for someone younger than me. This was never an issue for me, but I've always recognize that people are concerned about it going in. I have no issue with it."

You can be just as casual in his blunt this I was in that answer. Also say that there is another variation on This where you can say, "I have no problems. As a matter of fact, I have worked with younger hiring managers before. At times, they appreciate that I have the experiences That I do because they see me as someone that they can come to for advice, who is not going to stick their noses in my business, allow them to make the mistakes, but is available as a resource if they need it."

Notice what you are doing you saying, "I can mentor, but I'm not going to push my mentoring on you."They can come to you as an advisor because you have certain experiences that may be of value to them. I don't answer is good. You can combine those answers for easily.

Again, my suggestions are always do the things that are comfortable for you and allow yourself to just be magnificent in the interview, even though you are concerned that this person is going to reject you because of your age.

Again, you may not be the person that they hire, but you may be the trailblazer makes it possible for the next person to get hired, all because of your performance. So, do a masterful job.

ABOUT YOUR HOST

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

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Over 50 Job Search and Ageism


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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses a few rules to follow when you are job hunting and over 50.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

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Over 50 Job Search and Ageism (VIDEO)


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses a few rules to follow when you are job hunting and over 50.

Summary

The fact of the matter is, ageism exists. We can pretend it doesn't exist. But it is really helpful to pretend. Let's just acknowledge that it exists and, frankly, there's really very little that you can do about it. If people going to be stupid and bigoted because you're 50 or older, excuse my language, screw them. You have a lot more to offer and they just don't get it. Let's look at a few things that you can do that are within your control that will help you get hired for job that you want.

The 1st thing is don't fixate on your age. If you get turned down for a job, learn the reasons why you got turned down for the job because they may have nothing to do with age. So often, I listen to job hunters complained to me about how their age was the stumbling block in getting hired when, in fact, there are other factors that were involved were perfectly valid. So let's not focus on your age.

2. You have to think like you're self-employed. You are in business for yourself and you have to do your own career management. What do you do to ensure that you are marketable to the next organization, to this organization that you're trying to get hired by? Thinking like a business owner finding that lever that is going to connect you into their firm is almost more important than anything else that you can do. Again, look for that lever that is going to make you attractive.

3. Stop spamming your resume. I receive resumes are absolutely useless to me. "Hi! I'm looking for a job. I'm applying for this vice president of such and such and you haven't managed a person in the past 15 years." It is spam. No one is going to give you the shot to go back to what you did 15 years ago. You are what you are today.

4. Time to use your connections. That's really the strongest place we could take advantage of your assets-- your Rolodex. I will use the language of the Rolodex that I grew up with even though no one uses it anymore. You know what I'm talking about. You have connections . . And not talking with the people that you connected with on LinkedIn who you've never spoken with before in your life. I'm talking about the real connections-- the people who you've worked with. The people who you have worked for that you could really reach out to AND you really need to reach out to them to make sure that, at the end of the day, you utilize an asset that you could really take advantage of.

5. Talk to particular employers. Don't just simply respond to job bids. They confirmed to might be at someone like you. Start working your connections to see if you can get an introduction into the firm. See if the firm could be approached, but you could approach through your connections, ideally, and sell yourself.

I see that these factors will go a long way toward helping you land your next position rather than fixating on the, "Oh, woe is me," I am 50 and no one is going to hire me is useless.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Do you have a quick question you would like me to answer? Pay $50 via PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail.com  

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

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You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Do You Think It’s Age Discrimination? | Job Search Radio


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter speaks to older workers about how to deal with age discrimination.

Summary

This is a podcast for older workers that stems from a conversation I had yesterday with someone who had been in his 50s and interviewing, not getting results that he wanted and not really sure what his problem was.

To start off with. I asked him to break down where he thought things were collapsing. Here's how the model works. If you are not getting interviews, the problem is your resume. If you are getting it invitations for phone interviews but not in person interviews, you don't do a phone interview as well as you might like. If you're getting in person interviews but not being invited back for 2nd interviews,, you don't really interview as well as you think you do. We could go on and on.

I said to him, "When you stop and think about it, where is it breaking down for you? Where are the problems coming up in your search?" He came to realize it was his interviewing.

Once you identify this problem, I could feel his confidence build up because he had figured out that he really didn't interview as well as he thought he might have.

He has been a hiring manager no less. And, like most hiring managers, he had the belief that he knew how to interview because he had hired people. However, when you put people on the side of the desk, they often don't interview as well as they think they do. Then, they start to blame age discrimination as being the issue when their lack of preparedness is the real problem.

If you think is age discrimination. Most of the time, I'm not saying all of the time, most of the time it isn't. What it is is your lack of preparation is the real culprit. As a result, maybe it might be a resume… You haven't really studied how to write a resume. You're not getting them critiqued. If you are getting phone interviews, you think he can just kind of wing it through the phone interview and you haven't really rehearsed or practiced how to answer some of the questions you would be typically asked..

I want to encourage you to not fall prey to the self-pity trap of "I'm too old," or the assumption of age discrimination. Yes, there is but most of the time it is you. The lack of preparation and your lack of effort to get yourself ready is the real culprit.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching or interview coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

 

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Over 50 Job Search and Ageism | Job Search Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses a few rules to follow when you are job hunting and over 50.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Do you have a quick question you would like me to answer? Pay $50 via PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail.com

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Please give “Job Search Radio” a great review in iTunes. It helps other people discover the show and makes me happy!​

 
Do You Think It's Age Discrimination

Do You Think It’s Age Discrimination? | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

Ep 643 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter speaks to older workers about how to deal with age discrimination.

Summary

This is a podcast for older workers that stems from a conversation I had yesterday with someone who had been in his 50s and interviewing, not getting results that he wanted and not really sure what his problem was.

To start off with. I asked him to break down where he thought things were collapsing. Here's how the model works. If you are not getting interviews, the problem is your resume. If you are getting it invitations for phone interviews but not in person interviews, you don't do a phone interview as well as you might like. If you're getting in person interviews but not being invited back for 2nd interviews,, you don't really interview as well as you think you do. We could go on and on.

I said to him, "When you stop and think about it, where is it breaking down for you? Where are the problems coming up in your search?" He came to realize it was his interviewing.

Once you identify this problem, I could feel his confidence build up because he had figured out that he really didn't interview as well as he thought he might have.

He has been a hiring manager no less. And, like most hiring managers, he had the belief that he knew how to interview because he had hired people. However, when you put people on the side of the desk, they often don't interview as well as they think they do. Then, they start to blame age discrimination as being the issue when their lack of preparedness is the real problem.

If you think is age discrimination. Most of the time, I'm not saying all of the time, most of the time it isn't. What it is is your lack of preparation is the real culprit. As a result, maybe it might be a resume… You haven't really studied how to write a resume. You're not getting them critiqued. If you are getting phone interviews, you think he can just kind of wing it through the phone interview and you haven't really rehearsed or practiced how to answer some of the questions you would be typically asked..

I want to encourage you to not fall prey to the self-pity trap of "I'm too old," or the assumption of age discrimination. Yes, there is but most of the time it is you. The lack of preparation and your lack of effort to get yourself ready is the real culprit.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunterhundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

Aren’t You Overqualified for This Job? | No BS Job Seach Advice Radio

Ep 617 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter helps you answer the tough interview question about being overqualified on both the overt level and the covert level (aren’t you too old). 

 

Summary

Aren't you overqualified for this job?

This is one of those "fatal flaw" questions that I mentioned in a previous show and video where they think out loud and are telling you what the reluctance is. If you want to accept this statement as "the kiss of death," you can but it doesn't necessarily mean that. The overqualified question or "aren't you a little overqualified for this job" is an opportunity to really sell yourself and do it in a smooth and professional way.

I want to deal with. The question on an overt level first and then on a covert level. The over levels exactly what the question is. They are concerned that you are going to get bored in the job and that as soon as you find a better opportunity, you are going to leave.

The way to approach this question is when you are thinking about overtly is to say to them, "Look, the job market is what it is. You can look at it is being that I'm overqualified but the fact of the matter is, the market is tough right now is to be tough for quite some time. So the market is basically telling me that I need to adapt. I need to look at things from a different perspective. I could hold out for a job that was at my previous level and I can be out of work for a long time and I'm not really looking to do that. From your vantage point, I can understand your reluctance. Your concerns I would want to jump ship as soon as something better came along. The fact of the matter is I want to join an organization where I will enjoy the work. What I can do for you is, in addition to doing this role, where you wouldn't have to train someone to do it, you get the benefit of all my experience in this kind of role and I can be of help to you as you try to sort out other things. Or, I can just do the job addressing me to do and, frankly, I would enjoy doing that."

That's the over answer to the question of, "Aren't you overqualified?" The covert question is, "Gee, you look a little old. Could you really work for someone younger?" That's a little trickier. There, you can go on to say something along the lines of (this is a continuation of the other answer), "I have worked with people of all kinds of backgrounds. I work with people who are farmers more senior and younger than I. In all cases, we have gotten along beautifully. They've asked for help and I have been willing to give it. I want people to do very well. If they do well, I do well. " That becomes a very simple way of deflecting of ageism that shows up subtly in these kind of questions."

 

Do you really think employers are trying to help you?

You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a leadership and career coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

Dealing With Ageism

 

This is a simulcast of No B. S. Job Search Advice Radio: Dealing with Ageism

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