Don’t Get Left in the Past: 5 Tips to Help you Ace Your Interview in a Fast Changing World
If you find yourself wondering, “What’s a TikTok?” or “What is boujee?” you have found yourself squarely in a Gen Z world. Times are changing, as they always do, and that presents some unique challenges for older generations. Going through an interview session as a Baby Boomer in a Gen Z world might seem disheartening for some at first, but don’t worry! Having experience and maturity brings it’s pluses.
Here are our five tips on how to win your job interview as a Baby Boomer in a Gen Z world.
1 | Living in the Past Will Get You Left Behind
Remember that living in the past will get you left behind and make you seem like you are out of touch! Instead, be more open to changes. You don’t have to full-on embrace Millennial or Gen Z fashion or start using their slang, but it’s important to show that you can keep up with some changes. It means that you are adaptable and versatile. So update that resume and ditch the old-fashioned language. Also, update your wardrobe just a bit–like we said, you don’t need to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe, but some fresh pieces couldn’t hurt!
Besides updating how you look and sound, some other things you might want to leave in the past is being a creature of habit. We all love that Dolly Parton song 9 to 5, but that static work schedule is a relic of the past for many industries today. This shift actually started with Gen X who advocated for a healthy work-life balance. Millennials and Gen Z are more willing to switch things up and so those workday hours have seen an even bigger shift as of late. So be prepared to vary your work hours or have non-traditional scheduling. This will help you present as more relaxed, accepting and ready to do what it takes to meet the common company goals.
2 | Lifelong Learning
Your first grade teacher would probably love to see you be a life-long learner. So make her proud by being willing to learn some new skills. This can be extremely helpful if you are looking to pursue a new career path. Be willing to take on some volunteer work in the field or department you want to work in. Not only does it give you some experience, but you can use the opportunity to demonstrate your value and talent and show what you already have to bring to the table.
3 | Experience Counts
We know those first two points were all about making changes, but life is all about a healthy balance and experience and maturity are positives–you just need to ensure you portray them that way. But you don’t need to list your entire work history on your resume! Including 10 to 15 years is considered a good best-practice for this with 20+ years of work. Also, deflect the assumption that you are overqualified by giving an answer like, “As you say, I’m highly qualified. Let me bring my experience to further advance your company.”
4 | Know Your Interviewer
This is a good tip for a job seeker of any age, but one that a Baby Boomer should pay particular attention to. If you can, learn who will be doing the interview or hiring. If it’s someone from a younger generation, be aware of how someone from one of those younger generations may see you. You might find that Gen Xers make up a good bulk of the management positions and if you find yourself being interviewed by someone of the Gen X generation, keep the focus on your skills and the job and avoid getting into “Boomer values,” which Gen X tend to be suspicious of. If you are interviewing with a Millenial, don’t market your loyalty to an organization, which Millenials don’t see as a selling point. Also, if you have notes for the interview, try using your smartphone instead of relying on paper.
5 | A Personality Plus
The interview process is a lot different today than it was “back in the day.” Gone are the days of walking the streets with your resume or having a single interview. You’ll find multiple steps to the process along the way, including some very techy steps, like applying online or having an initial Zoom interview.
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How’s that for a change?