Great Interview Questions – Over Coming Stereotypes Questions in the Interview

Overcoming Stereotypes

  1. “Too young, not enough experience”

Respond to this insinuation by discussing your early career experience that may not be on your resume. Also mention any civic, non-profit volunteer positions you have held that may help demonstrate additional experience that is not on your resume.

2.   Age (too old)

Make sure the interviewer sees you as a high-energy person who maintains a vigorous physical-activity level and keeps a fast-paced schedule.

Last year, I placed an individual, David, who was 65 years old as a National Sales Manager for a client of mine. David looked like he was in his late 50s with a very high professional image, a nice way of dressing, and a good physique. Apparently, the only medicine he takes is an occasional aspirin when he gets sore. Throughout the entire job search process, he also portrayed himself as a high-energy person. In particular, he highlighted his strong computer skills throughout the interviewing process. I did not find out he was 65 until after I extended my client’s offer to him. That is when he told me he did not need the medical coverage because of his age! (He was covered by Medicare

3.  Gender (for women)

If you’re a woman, make sure the interviewer knows that you are accustomed to extensive travel and making difficult decisions and that you can operate independently. During the interview process, also try adding an anecdote that makes it clear your household is organized and can run without you

4.   Overweight

Stress the fact that you lead a highly disciplined and energetic life. Accentuate that you work toward long-term goals and that you adhere to demanding self-imposed schedules.

These are some common interviewing questions that can really throw you for a loop in the interview. This is why I am sharing them now with you.

Particularly in the case of the interview questions listed above, think about how you are going to answer them carefully. Take 2 days to work on these answers. They are too important to rush you answers on.

The reason you really have to think the answers to these common interviewing questions through is that if they are not answered correctly, you answers could screen you out.

You need to create positive answers for somewhat negative questions that to some degree are a “setup”.

Game Plan:

  1. Write/type the question.
  2. Brainstorm on different ways you could answer this question.
  3. In 24 hours read your answers again and pick you strongest answer.
  4. Consult and confirm with a partner, friend or support group person on your answers.
  5. Practice your answer with one of the people mentioned above. Role play a loud.
  6. If you feel adventurous video or record you answer. Do not get depressed. (It is always a shock to hear your own voice)
  7. Listen to the quality of your voice in terms of strength, energy and confidence, in addition to the content of your answers relative to the question asked.

Stereotypes can relate to age, gender, race, body type, you need to be ready to turn the misconceptions around in the interview!

Good luck,


Eleanor Anne Sweet

The Job Search Expert. Tm


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