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7 Ways Older Workers Can Win at Job Interviews

How to make yourself the best candidate if you haven't looked for work in years

By Art Koff and MarketWatch


Every job interview you have will make the next one easier. A “bad” job interview, one in which you gave poor answers to questions asked, should be a learning experience. Everyone has experienced job interviews that turned out poorly for a number of reasons. Sometimes you are just not comfortable. Sometimes there is no chemistry between you and the interviewer. Sometimes you are not properly prepared.

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6. Assess your situation today versus what you were doing years ago. Here are some questions you might ask yourself in preparation for a job interview:

  • Who am I, now? 
  • What do I want? 
  • What are my values? 
  • Do I need to make a difference or make big bucks? 
  • What are my core strengths?
  • Product - What skills and contributions do you offer? 
  • Price - What is your value? 
  • Promotion - What messages convey your skills? 
  • Place - How will you get your message out? 
  • Position- What differentiates you from others?





”I increased call efficiency by 10% for 3 consecutive quarters"


  • have less turnover
  • are more reliable
  • have less absenteeism 
  • display a higher level of commitment 
  • have more experience 
  • are more productive 
  • have a better understanding of the company culture
  • are more punctual
  • show superior customer service skills
Art Koff is the founder of Retired Brains, a website that provides information about retirement for boomers, retirees and people planning to retire. Read More
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