Lesson 8: INTERVIEWING FOR SPECIFIC CONDITIONS
Interviewing an elderly person for an open job position can be awkward for a younger manager. It’s often difficult to relate to a person much older than you or to imagine being his/her manager. Instead, focusing on the wisdom and experience the candidate can bring to your company can make the interview flow smoothly. What do they offer? According to the U.S. Department of Labor report “The Aging Baby Boom: Implications for Employment and Training Programs,” the number of aging workers in need of jobs is growing dramatically. Hard economic times have people working well past their planned retirement ages, although it’s sometimes difficult for elderly people to find good paying jobs. When interviewing an older adult for an open position, pay attention to the areas where their strengths tend to lie, which are typically experience, wisdom and work ethic, according to AARP. While an older person might be perfectly qualified to perform the job duties you need, it’s possible he/she may need a few concessions during the interview. For example, many older adults have begun to lose their hearing, so be patient if they ask you to repeat your question.