What to do if Your Interviewer is 12 Years Old

baby-working on a computerLet’s say that you snagged the next step in a great job opportunity from Creative Talent Management. You are preparing for the interview and discover that the person who will quiz you is much much younger. Your nerves begin to tremble and you begin to worry about the entire meeting. How can you present yourself so that you don’t appear as know-it-all? Here are some tips for making a great impression.

The Elephant in the Room

You can assume that the interviewer has at least half a brain, so don’t start out the interview by bringing attention to their age either. Don’t insult them by being amazed that they could get to where they are even though they are so young. This is not a strong start.

Keeping Up with the Industry

Your youngin’ interviewee might assume that you have little to no knowledge of industry trends and thought leaders. Insert pertinent points about these so you alert them to the fact that you are in touch with the trends and care about continuing to grow in the position.

Keep it Recent

Unfortunately, a lot of people generally have little interest in things that happened before they were born. This relates to possible career points that have occurred maybe while your interviewer was a baby. Focus your experience on the most recent 10 years of your career. This way, you can show how perfect and qualified you are for the job, without appearing to be over-qualified.

Use Your Age to Your Advantage

Being older means you most definitely have experiences your interviews won’t. You will likely be able to showcase your ability management skills, budget allocation, and big successful business decisions you have made.

You need to be able to show your younger interviewer that your age is truly a number. If either party gets the impression that they are stuck in their ways or forcing new methods just for the sake of them, the partnership won’t work. Focus on the skills and experience of everyone involved.

Positives of Being at Your Previous Company for Decades 

Loyalty to your previous company is a good thing. But a different generation might see it differently. Explain to your interviewer the numerous opportunities you took to team-build, collaborate, and be flexible during your tenure. This will illustrate that you are willing and able to continue these excellent skills in this new position.

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Read Between the Lines to Find the Company Culture that Best Fits You

career company cultureIf that elegantly-phrased job description sounds too good to be true, it might   be time to also start considering what the daily work environment would actually look like—to see if the company would really be a good fit.

You know when you find the perfect eatery: ambiance, check; tasty, check; price, check; location…um, you invoke the fifth. Two out of three may not be bad, but the novelty of having to drive to a shady part of town to get your fix will probably soon wear off.

This same principle applies to finding the right working environment or taking your next step in your career. If you feel like you can’t fit in or feel  comfortable in your surroundings, the rest of the experience will be tainted.  Incorporate these approaches in your job search and figure out how to read  between the lines in that job description—to meet your perfect match.

Communicate Your Needs…Don’t Force Them into a Match
You need to ask yourself where you see yourself in the near future? Don’t overdo it though and try to plan every detail decades in the future. Instead, ask yourself in more realistic terms: Where do you see yourself in five years? And what exactly about the company offering the position peaks your interest? In essence, your career wants need to be assessed separately from the needs expressed within the job description.

You might think that the only way you will land the job is if you mold yourself to the company. This is not to say that you should ignore their wants, because of course you still need to convince them you are the right hire. But while you are considering the job description, also match these needs to what you want in your career. You might find it hard to continually work at something you only pretended to enjoy doing just for the sake of the interview.

Honesty is the Best Policy
We all need to work, but we don’t need to settle. As you peruse a potential job description, you probably get excited about all of the potential, and all of the responsibilities you would have. Again, assess these with your own personal career path.

Ask yourself what impact this specific career path will have on your future? For the better? A few steps back? Either one could be okay, depending on your personal goals. Additionally, consider job location too and how this new set of responsibilities will impact your current routine.

Interview the Environment
To continue the assessment of the potential job and your current career situation, you must also consider the actual working environment you would be in. Short of working in the actual office, you are obviously limited in really finding out what it is like. But you can use your very own senses to gain a bunch of information. What does the space look like (e.g. cubicles, separate offices, etc.)? Are there a disproportionate number of sour pusses walking around? These seemingly innocent observations can yield a plethora of information of the working atmosphere.

Beyond your visual acuity, an interview in the actual work setting offers a chance to discover leadership tactics and company philosophy. By asking a manager these questions, you can gauge how the job would fit in within these parameters. Recall, that when people leave jobs, it is often because of leadership differences.

Find Your Company Fit with the Right Partner
Your next opportunity is closer than you think. Tap into the right network to connect with the key decision makers in the hiring process. Your job doesn’t need to be just where you work. Spend time assessing the culture of a company so it fits you as much as you fit it.

Creative Talent Management is your source for expert talent managers. With firsthand knowledge of the fashion, beauty and advertising industries, CTM can precisely match you to a position AND to a company. Get started today by calling one of our experienced recruiters at 800.338.4327.

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