10 Interview Tips for Women Over 40 is my experience with Poise Microliner as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #PoisewithSAM
When I turned 40 (and again at 45) I had the urge to change my career path. Sounds crazy right? A plus-size women over 40 (or 45) with thinning hair, light bladder leakage, oily skin and limited professional experience was going to jump off the deep end and leave her comfortable 9 to 5 desk job and seek new adventures in the social services world. Who the heck would want to hire me?
Feeling like I was going to be at a huge disadvantage to other applicants, I decided to do everything I could do to take the interview process, up a few notches. You will never hear any employer say that an interview isn’t important. The interview gives you a very short amount of time to make an impression worthy of a potential lifetime commitment on the company’s part. You need to show up as the person who wants that lifetime relationship and is prepared to fight for it.
After many interviews, both mock and real, I came up with my own must do tips. I could have written a whole book, but limited this post to the 10 interview tips for women over 40 that I feel every middle aged woman should have in her job hunting arsenal.
10 Interview Tips for Women Over 40
1. Exude confidence.
Even if your insides are dancing a jig or you feel like you could pee your pants at any minute, appear confident. Make eye contact, shake hands with a firm grip and SMILE. In other words, fake it until you make it!
2. Do your homework.
Companies want to hire people who are passionate and driven, if you can show them that you have taken the time to learn about the company and its goals you will show them that you are not afraid to put in the extra time and effort.
3. Dress the part.
You will never regret being overdressed when it comes to an interview. You will however be likely to regret wearing those day old khakis and the “good enough” shirt. Arrive looking like you are ready to step into a professional position and pay attention to the details. Plan your outfit and make sure it’s free of stains, needs no repairs and fits perfectly. Interviewers will expect your hygiene, hair style and dress to be a cut above the rest. Don’t forget to check the mirror and use a Poise Microliner so you don’t have to worry about LBL ruining your moment in the spotlight.
4. Practice Practice Practice.
One of the most stressful parts of any interview is not knowing what questions you are going to be asked. Make sure you are ready for an interview is to be prepared for the questions! Looking over sample questions and at least mentally preparing for possible questions can make sure that you have sharp, clear, and concise, points for similar questions when they’re asked.
5. Do not make a grand entrance.
Arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled interview time. Making a quick stop in the rest room, looking over your information one last time and practicing some relaxation techniques will clear your mind of negative thoughts. It also shows the interviewer that you will arrive on time prepared for your job each day.
6. Listen carefully.
Focus on what is happening and listen to each question and make sure your answer is thoughtful and your best response.
7. Sell yourself.
The interviewer is asking you each question for a specific purpose. Take a few minutes to formulate your answer. A clear, concise, direct, answer will make you a more successful candidate.
8. Show interest.
If you have no questions about the job, the interview, the company, ask one anyway. If all else fails, use my personal favorite: “Is there anything in my application/resume that concerns you?” giving the interviewer an opportunity to look through your file one more time.
9. Manners are important.
A simple handshake and a “thank you” can go a long way. An interview is a privilege, and a companies time is as valuable as yours, so make sure you express your gratitude for these things before you leave!
10. Follow up.
Following up is an easy way to keep your presence in the front of the interviewers mind, it’s also a good opportunity to clear up any further questions, etc. Any kind of schmoozing you can do, is always a great thing.
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Do you have any other confidence building interview tips for women over 40 to share?
P.S. I now work at a job I love and was offered my position the next day after my initial interview. Hopefully these interview tips for women over 40 will help your next interview go smoothly and successfully. Good luck!