Users Weigh In on Age and Interviews

I got a lot of feedback
from Deal with Your Age as an Issue Head-On that I’d like to
share. Though I didn’t mention a specific age range in the post, it
generated a lot of comments from people in their sixties, and even older.

It seems successful job
hunting for experienced workers requires perseverance – just as for anyone else. As Leonard S. wrote:

I am 77 years-old and still working. However, I know for sure that I have
been rejected numerous times due to age discrimination. I had one interview in
which the young interviewer had a very discriminating attitude with questions
like, ‘Why are you still working?’ and ‘How long do you think that you would
remain on the job?’ I was even accepted for a job and showed up for work and
was told that the job no longer existed.

An obstacle experienced workers face is the
perception that hiring older workers comes with hidden costs. Wrote Mary A., a technical writer:

I think one reason for discriminating against older people is the
perception that they’re less healthy and will be a drag on a company’s health
insurance plan.

She recommends contract work, which takes insurance
off the table.

Joe H. has an answer for those who think older
workers cost more than they are worth.

I am 66 and on Social Security plus I am
collecting a pension and I pay my own health insurance. I have also been on
interviews and either never get a call back or get the old ‘You’re
over-qualified.’ I think the hiring people do not understand that they could
hire me relatively cheaply and not have to pay benefits


Finally, James L. wrote:

What amazes me is that
people are living into their 80s and 90s. I think old is redefined because of
this, yet companies and really society see anyone over 50 as being over the
hill. I find it incongruent. Maybe it’s just a matter of time for social mores
to catch up with reality.

He may have nailed it. The swell of experienced workers choosing to remain in the workforce well
into their may blaze a trail for the generations that follow, turnng
the idea of hiring someone in their 70s into a non-issue.

— Dino Londis