Avoid these mistakes when job interviewing as a 50-something

Job interviews can be tough. Feelings of nervousness and excitement can blur when you’re eager to take the next step in your career. As with any time in your career, you’ll want to take care to play up your strengths while interviewing in your 50s.

“Use your experience and wisdom to explain how you can help an employer or hiring manager achieve their goals,” Steven Lindner, executive officer of The WorkPlace Group, told CNBC. “That’s a real value that older workers possess.”

There are also a few potential blunders you’ll want to avoid. Inspired by AARP’s list, here are a few mistakes to avoid while interviewing for your new job.

Overselling your experience

Having decades of experience can be a plus, but make sure you’re not going overboard when giving details.

“Your interviewers don’t need to know about everything you’ve done or are capable of doing; they mostly care about what you’ve done recently that relates to the role they’re currently filling,” Amanda Augustine, TopResume career expert and spokesperson, told Monster. “Carefully select the key pieces of your work history that demonstrate your qualifications.”

Technology gaps

Regardless of age, not everyone is tech-savvy. Still, others may be on the cutting edge of new advancements. No matter where you are, be sure that you’re addressing any gaps with technology. Many companies conduct all or portions of the interview remotely so if you’re familiar with FaceTime, but not with Zoom, you’ll need to learn.

According to The Balance Careers, employers seek candidates with the most up-to-date tech skills. When you master them, prepare to share ways you’ve applied it to your work.

Discomfort with a younger recruiter

Engaging with a recruiter younger than you may seem odd at first, but don’t let that stop you. Instead, let it be a chance to “show interviewers that you can work well with young coworkers or a boss who’s younger than you,” according to job search and interviewing coach Thea Kelley. Talking less and listening more can help avoid your recruiter mistaking your tone as condescending. Kelley also says to share expertise with respect and “at the right time and place.”

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