It was my sixth interview. I didn’t know where I was going wrong. I had a suitable experience, had learned a lot in last 2 years yet was unable to get that one job that challenges me, uplifts me.
As I entered the office, the office boy glanced at me and gave me a glass of water. I was taken aback by that smile, what does that mean? After 5 rejections, everything seems skeptical to me. I thought this sixth interview will be the same. My interviewer was hardly in his 30s. I had every point in my mind which was suggesting that I should just walk out of this place and look out for seventh.
Well, as usual, the interview went great, outstanding but- I had this question in my mind- Am I fit enough for this job? Am I young enough? Meanwhile, the interviewer said, “Congratulations! You made it!” I was overjoyed! I felt as if this was my first job. I was never this happy before. The prime reason I made it is because I never gave up trying. After working for almost 30 years in the media industry and facing rejection for being overqualified for last fifteen times, somebody recognized me for my skills.
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Neutral assessment is what is required when it comes to hiring, he would have easily rejected me for one thing that is my age- but he did not! Instead, he said, “You come with such an experience that nobody in the office has. Your skills would be an asset to us. There was no way I would have let you go.”
I believe every workplace needs a mixture of both young guns and veterans. This way, the company could be well built with a unique dynamic and a strong ability to adapt every situation. It can also result in creative solutions for problems, and in increased productivity. There’s evidence that teams with a broader range of experiences and perspectives perform better, and diverse businesses are more likely to understand the needs of a wider range of customers and clients.
Yet, many company-culture programs tilt into stealth discrimination. Resumes contain a lot of useful information for employers, but also are loaded with details that showcase gender, race or ethnicity. Even the most self-aware hiring managers can turn away qualified candidates because the applicant didn’t fit the expectations. Biased employment practices result in unfair discrimination in that individuals who have equal probabilities of succeeding on a job have unequal probabilities of being selected for it.
Well, what do you think? Should age really matter?