In the new economy, continually turbulent, many of us are forever searching for work. That might be full-time, part-time, contract or clients for our enterprise.
What goes along with that is THE INTERVIEW.
Each one involves plenty of planning and performance art. Because of the extreme glut of talent in myriad fields, most of them will not pan out in a job offer.
Well, it could help our sense of self to get it while the interview is taking place that this ordeal will not generate an offer.
Here are the 5 major ones:
Widened eyes or slight drop of the jaw. That usually occurs when we enter the room. We might provide a shock because we are over-50, of a certain ethnic or racial group and/or dressed inappropriately or too-well.
Nervousness +. Interviewers know all about EEOC regulations. They don't want to brush up against them. So they are on hyper-alert not to do anything wrong. They have long made up their mind they are not going to hire us. And they are full of anxiety that we will pick up on their bias.
One Millennial interviewer, clearly annoyed that she had to put up with this over-50er, dropped the folder in which were my credentials. In addition to the angst was a bit of rage.
Too much detail. To seem engaged in vetting us they will pile on copious details about the nuts and bolts of the position or even the opportunities for upward mobility. While they are doing that they often lean in.
Involuntary facial twitch. When I was explaining my need for income, the interviewer's assistant's facial muscle twitched. I knew I was finished.
Ensuring they have your correct contact information. That is all down on the resume they are holding. There is no need to verify. At that point, we have to maintain impulse control. No, we don't want to let loose that they wasted our time and hopes.
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