Article by Ceri Wheeldon
Do not let age be a negative when attending job interviews. Maturity has its benefits and it is essential that you feel positive about the contribution you can make to a potential role and employer.
Focus on the positives you are able to offer and be ready to stress the advantages you would be able to offer. Be clear as to what you feel you can bring to the table and be ready to counter any objections with a positive statement.
10 positives to remember for interviews in your 50s
1. Experience matters- you have a wealth of expertise you can bring to the table
2. This is your ‘you’ time. No family distractions so you can commit and excel at the job on offer.
3. You see the opportunity as the start of the next phase of your career – you have no intention of slowing down.
4. You can be flexible – no more pressure of taking holidays to fit in with school term breaks or child care issues
5. Your maturity has provided you with the experience of communicating across the generations
6. You are likely to have a more stable home life than some younger counter parts so fewer distractions
7. Less likely to be partying mid week- so bright and breezy first thing!
8. Experience of managing home and family makes you a great multi-tasker and great mentor
9. This is not the first recession you have lived or worked through
10. Used to dealing with crisis situations- less phased by the unexpected
If you’re told that you are too experienced for the role, ask what they would like you to forget!!