After 50 Career Change: Winning the Job Interview
"Changing Careers After 50-The
Missing Link in Job Interviews!"
Changing Careers Over 50-Winning Interview Ideas
Changing careers over 50 has been a
struggle. You’ve built your winning resume word by work, sentence by sentence. The resume cover letter template
would win contests.
The telephone interview was one of your best
efforts and now you’re scheduled for the all important job interview.
Building on your work experience you’ve
drafted a list of 100 potential tough interview questions. Working hard you’ve honed your answers to the 100
questions and practiced your interview skills through a series of mock interviews.
Job Interview Research
You’ve researched the employer, reading
their website, recent press releases and newspaper articles; you’ve googled the name of your interviewer and the
top people in the company. The industry newsletter has been a wealth of information.
Although changing careers after 50 has not
been easy, you’ve picked up relevant work experience through volunteer work and working as a temp. Your suit has
been pressed and you’ve found and taken a practice run to the interview site.
You’re ready to go, right? Let’s step back a
bit as there is one very important thing that still needs to be done.
Job Interview Answers
If you think a job interview should be that
they ask you questions and you give them your best answers, then you thank them for their time and go home and
hopefully wait for the call you are missing an important opportunity to rise about the other
What are you missing? You want to do
everything you can to turn the interview from an interrogation into a conversation.
The Missing Link In Job Interviews
The way you do that is to develop some
questions of you own. You want to find out something about the culture of the organization. You want to validate
what you learned from talking to individuals who recently left the employer and hopefully from contacts within
The first area is the job itself. Questions
to ask include: What type of person are you looking for to fill the position? The authority of the job-define
the scope of the job? What is the first challenge that needs attention? What other problems are there? What has
been done to date? What worked? What didn’t work? Why? Department challenges? How do they relate to overall
company objectives? You now have information to helping you answer questions to demonstrate your experience in
resolving similar problems.
Additional information regarding the job
includes the career path, any subordinates and their experience, who do you report to, and the management style
of your boss? Why is the job now vacant? Budget responsibilities? How are budgets
Now you may ask the interviewer their best
experience with the company? Who was recently recognized for outstanding performance? How was the recognition
handled? Why was it outstanding? If you get a chance to discuss these questions with possible co-workers so much
If you have concerns about the company and
the industry uncovered in your research now is the time to ask the questions. Don’t ask questions that you
already have the answers, just to show how smart you are in doing basic research.
You might ask about major competitors, how
do they compare in market share? Company strengths compared to competition-weakness?
The Winning Job Interview Close
In asking your questions you’ll be learning
how to frame a 30 second or so statement at the end of the interview summing up your qualifications for the job
and with your experience and steep learning curve would be an ideal person for the
In your thank you letter you will repeat how
you qualify for the position and ask for the job. In study after study you would be surprised how many
applicants do not ask for the job. Don’t leave the interviewer hanging about you wanting the job.
You’ve now completed everything required to
find the right job and to change careers after 50.