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July 09, 2015, 08:22 AM


Question: I am an older candidate in the job market. How do I handle any “age” questions that an employer may ask me?

Answer: It is illegal to discriminate against a job candidate because of age; many questions about age in an interview can be considered illegal. However, that does not stop them being asked – so how do you handle this?

You could actually say “That’s an illegal question and I’m not going to answer it.” HOWEVER, a response like this isn’t going to get you a job offer – which is the goal! I recommend in response to make a positive statement about yourself.

First, if this question is asked, it usually means that the interview is going well: the interviewer is looking at you favorably, probably thinks you can do the job. You could reply “I’m ….. (age)” – okay that doesn’t assist you. The best way would be to reply with a version of the following: “That’s interesting you should ask, I’m … That gives me … years in the industry (role, etc...) and … years doing exactly the job you are trying to fill. The benefit to my experience and energy level is …” – finish with a benefit statement about what you bring to the position and company. Make it positive, not a negative answer.

If in sales – all you need is a proven track record of success – IDEALLY, business / relationships / deals to bring to the table – express this!

I recommend another option: even if the interviewer doesn’t bring up the topic, broach the topic yourself (as it may be an unspoken question) – take the initiative.

When asked if you have any questions, reply “Mr./Mrs. … (interviewer) if I were sitting in your chair looking at a seasoned pro, I would be considering issues like energy, manageability and professional currency, let me tell you something about my ...” and add some benefits you would bring to the table / employer.

By doing this, you will prove yourself to be perceptive, to the point and will eliminate any unspoken concerns.

Emily Fitzpatrick
Sr. Recruiter
Recruiters International, Inc.

Emily Fitzpatrick
Executive Recruiter / Career Consultant
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