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Mature Job-Seeker Quiz:
What Are You Communicating to Hiring Managers?
A Quintessential Careers Quiz


 

by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.

 

Whether you like it or not -- and if you're an mature ("third-age," Baby-Boomer, etc.) job-seeker you may have already experienced it -- older job-seekers often face misconceptions and discrimination during the hiring process. But like any other perception issue, not all the blame can be placed on hiring managers. Some mature job-seekers often help perpetuate the stereotypes about older workers.

 

What kind of image are you portraying to hiring managers, many of whom are much younger than you? Are you branding yourself as an "old dog" or a hot commodity? Take our mature job-seeker quiz and find out!

 

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Directions: Answer true or false to the following statements. Be as honest with yourself as you can.

 

Note: Get more information (definitions and links) on key college, career, and job-search terms mentioned in this quiz by going to our Job-Seeker's Glossary of Job-Hunting Terms.

 

  1. I think it's important to include all my years of work history on my resume to showcase my breadth of knowledge and experience.
    True
    False

     

  2. I strategically try to position myself in the job market to avoid being labeled as overqualified.
    True
    False

     

  3. I believe my strength and value to prospective employers lie in my years of experience in my industry/profession.
    True
    False

     

  4. I truly believe that while some age discrimination exists, the right attitude can quickly change misconceptions about older workers.
    True
    False

     

  5. I have significant industry history and knowledge from my years of working and I make sure hiring managers are aware of it.
    True
    False

     

  6. I realize that I am competing with job-seekers of all ages and abilities, and I have to outshine the competition to get the interview or job offer.
    True
    False

     

  7. I need only one resume -- as long as it is a good one -- for all of my job-hunting applications.
    True
    False

     

  8. I understand I may know more about the job/industry/profession than the hiring manager -- but the interview is not the place for a power trip or to make the manager feel inadequate.
    True
    False

     

  9. With all my years of experience, I feel I should be treated with a higher degree of respect than younger candidates.
    True
    False

     

  10. I may have slowed a bit with age, but I make sure I am well-rested and energetic for the job interview.
    True
    False

     

  11. I react bitterly when prospective employers tell me I am overqualified -- because I know they really mean too old.
    True
    False

     

  12. I apply for all job openings that I am qualified for -- though I focus on organizations that have a reputation for valuing mature workers.
    True
    False

     

  13. I expect to face ageism and discrimination in the job-search.
    True
    False

     

  14. I have heard many of the myths about mature workers and thus go into every interview more than prepared to dispel them if necessary.
    True
    False

     

  15. I feel that my age and standing should mean something on the job market and I have no interest in employers who do not see it my way.
    True
    False

     

  16. When job-hunting I use a combination of traditional job-search tools along with a strong online component.
    True
    False

     

  17. I sometimes like to test these younger hiring managers, who may be good at managing but really don't know the work like us old-timers.
    True
    False

     

  18. I understand the power of personal and business relationships in providing job leads that I would otherwise never find.
    True
    False

     

  19. I won't fake my way through an interview pretending I have as much energy and enthusiasm as I did when I was younger.
    True
    False

     

  20. I understand that if I am obtaining interviews, but having no success in achieving job offers, that there may be something wrong or missing about my interviewing style.
    True
    False

     

  21. I apply for all job openings that I am qualified for -- even with companies that have a reputation for preferring younger workers over older ones.
    True
    False

     

  22. I recognize the balance of showcasing my expertise and years of experience (compared to younger applicants) versus appearing too old or over-the-hill by listing my entire work history.
    True
    False

     

  23. I have heard many of the myths about mature workers, and I think any employer who believes them is just dumb and misinformed.
    True
    False

     

  24. I realize my value to prospective employers it that I can produce the same expertise and results for a new employer as I have with my previous employers.
    True
    False

     

  25. I know job-hunting has changed a bit over the years, but I prefer the traditional methods over all these online and social media techniques.
    True
    False

     

  26. While I am quick to mention the depth of my knowledge, I stress that I am still a fast learner and open to learning new technologies and processes.
    True
    False

     

  27. I have such a long and rich track record in my profession/industry that I should not have to ask people to help me find a new job.
    True
    False

     

  28. I understand the importance of tailoring and modifying my resume to fit specific prospective employers and job opportunities.
    True
    False

     

  29. At my age, and with all my experience and years of job interviewing, I know what works for me and what doesn't.
    True
    False

     

  30. I realize that all job applicants should be treated equally and that I do not deserve any special treatment because of my age or work history.
    True
    False

     

      

 

Don't forget to check out our entire collection of Tests and Quizzes for Job-Seekers.

 


 

See also this specific section of Quintessential Careers just for mature workers: Job and Career Resources for Mature and Older Job-Seekers -- Including the Baby Boomers, Third-Agers.

 

QuintCareers.com Founder Dr. Randall Hansen Dr. Randall S. Hansen is founder of Quintessential Careers, one of the oldest and most comprehensive career development sites on the Web, as well CEO of EmpoweringSites.com. He is also founder of MyCollegeSuccessStory.com and EnhanceMyVocabulary.com. He is publisher of Quintessential Careers Press, including the Quintessential Careers electronic newsletter, QuintZine. Dr. Hansen is also a published author, with several books, chapters in books, and hundreds of articles. He's often quoted in the media and conducts empowering workshops around the country. Finally, Dr. Hansen is also an educator, having taught at the college level for more than 15 years. Visit his personal Website or reach him by email at randall(at)quintcareers.com. Check out Dr. Hansen on GooglePlus.

 


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