Getting any job isn’t normally particularly easy, but some can be a lot more difficult for others. They really shouldn’t but when they’re hiring, people make assumptions about the applicants based on a whole heap of things… like appearance, communication style and even age. That’s human nature, to a degree. But when an older candidate applies for a junior level role, it’d be tempting for recruiters to wonder.
If the experienced employee wouldn’t be challenged enough. If they’d be using the job as a temporary stop-gap. While any form of bias in recruitment is wrong, it still exists. Fortunately, if this is a concern, there are a few tips you can take to convince the recruiter that you ARE in it for the long haul.
As we’ve touched on above, the first question that’ll probably be asked of you is ‘why’. Only you can know the answer to that, and it can be for a whole host of reasons. Just make sure you know in your own head exactly ‘why’ and can ‘own it’ sufficiently to explain it when it comes up.
An obvious one, perhaps, but if you get the chance and can demonstrate that you believe you can make a difference, the title could become largely irrelevant. If you’re hungry to continue developing as a person, play on that. If you want to learn something new, then that’s fine too!
Not overly aggressively, but asking questions of the interviewer is a good way of showing you are excited about the prospect of working for this company. Chances are there is something they are trying to solve by making this appointment… find out as much as you can about why, and then show why you are the person to help.
It’s an asset, not something to be embarrassed about. There’s likely not a lot you haven’t seen before in your career to date, and that experience can be invaluable to a company. Talk about what your experiences and perspectives before have taught you, and how you can bring them to the job. Perhaps you have a ton of contacts and connections that can benefit your new employer, or have learned the value of patience and clear, rational thought in the face of adversity? If so, make it clear!
Don’t be afraid of following up after your interview as well, to show your willingness – although be careful of coming across too keen!