How to Interview with a Younger Boss

Do you wonder if your experience can seem threatening or out of date to younger bosses? Especially when interviewing? There are several ways to position yourself. Consider these points. A recent Forbes article highlighted some real differences between workers of various ages in the way they approach a job. Some probably sound familiar: For example, more workers age 55+ favored face-to-face and phone communication than workers under 35. More workers age 25-34 believed you should be promoted every two or three years if you’re doing a good job. More workers over 55 arrive at work before 8 a.m.; younger workers stay past 5 p.m. If these differences in communication and work style exist on the job, then they’ll also impact who gets the job. Here’s how to handle job interviews with a prospective boss who is younger than you are: Overcome the attitude A young CEO (he'd just turned 32) recently told me that he just assumes an older worker will have difficulty...
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The Pop Up Job

Today, the New York Times reported a story on two professors at Stanford who created a case study of what they called a “flash organization” named True Story. True Story is a card game and mobile app in which players trade stories from their daily lives, resembled that of any company. There was a content division to churn out copy for game cards; graphic designers to devise the logo and the packaging; developers to build the mobile app and the website. There was even a play-testing division to catch potential hiccups. The producer of True Story wasn’t really a firm: The workers were all freelancers who typically had never met and, perhaps more striking, the entire organization existed solely to create the game and then disbanded." Flash organizations are ephemeral setups to execute a single, complex project in ways traditionally associated with corporations, nonprofit groups or governments. Thus those who are recruited are working in a “Pop Up” Job. Each project began with...
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Body Language©

Since I started coaching, almost every client and I have ended up talking about body language. Where and how people stand, sit, lean, use their fingers, hold their gaze and clear their throat do mean something but it may be only partially a good indication of what they hope to communicate. People should control all the messages they are sending, written, spoken and through their body. All should be congruently saying the same thing. Let me share a client’s story to bring home this point. A few years ago a new client came to me who was unable to close an offer for a job. He was very qualified, successful, as well as well-groomed. He explained though he would be selected for interviewing quickly, interviewed through the ranks successfully and be told he just has to be passed by the big boss; he never got the offer. The big boss could be a president or a SVP or a country manager....
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