Job Interview Tips for older IT Professionals
Even though I just turned 55 in January, I'm still 16 at heart. Thus a spirit of continuing education and professional development are important in our careers. In the IT world, it's important to keep pace with new developments as the technologies I started with in the early 1970s are now obsolete. The key for success is to not get too set in our ways, so that we sustain our worthwhileness to our current employer or any potential new employer in the future. In other words, we need to "keep on keeping on"
Job Interview Tips for older candidates
QUOTE: In today’s workplace, being over 40 is unfortunately equated less with being wise and experienced and more with being potentially out of touch and unable to learn new tricks and technologies. And in a job interview, which is all about convincing your potential employers that you can contribute and thrive, being perceived as old in those stereotypical ways can be the kiss of death.
1. Don’t play the wisdom card
2. Drop the corporate formality
3. Stay away from the slang
4. Don’t be an ageist
5. Drop the name-dropping
6. Stifle the unsolicited advice
7. Don’t get too personal
8. Nix the negativity
9. Delete the jokes about how flummoxed you are by technology
10. Don’t smirk at the vision thing
11. Don’t fear the niceties