One of the things I was most surprised by when I got into the jobs business over a decade ago was the prevalence and practice of age discrimination in hiring right here in the USA. Oh, sure... we're not like some overseas markets where job ads explicitly demand youth, or a particular gender, or beauty(!), in the applicant, but there it is...
The very first thing to do after a company or recruiter has contacted you to schedule an interview: Congratulate yourself! In a crowded field, you’ve set yourself apart from hundreds of contenders.
Now, get ready for your close up. Interviews can happen in a variety of settings, but the intent is the same: to gauge how you measure up in real time and assess if you can put your mouth where your personal brand is. Preparation is key, from your wardrobe to your body language to the way you ask questions as well as answer them.
An interview is a performance, and it requires the same level of rehearsal. It’s also a great chance to learn about the cast and set at what may be your next role. Remember: You’re auditioning them as well. Use every moment to gain new insights.
Don’t be afraid of this question; instead use it as an opportunity to position yourself for success.
Part two of "Acing the Phone Interview" provides tips for keeping the conversation distraction-free and on-target.
Some hiring managers relish the opportunity to counsel a job candidate on what he could have improved. You just have to ask the right person, the right way.
Understanding the typical schedule and purpose of each round can prepare you to face each and give you an advantage in the hiring process.