This evening, I am leading a discussion on interviewing at the job search networking group where I volunteer. Most who attend are middle professionals in their mid-forties on up to 68. A key question is "How do I interview with a kid?” In other words…a person in their 20-30's. Ideas, suggestions, strategies?
Love your question. The most important thing to communicate to a job-seeking audience -- IMHO – would be to invite them to remove the word "kid" from their vocabulary and from their thinking. To use the word "kid" in a loving manner toward their offspring is one thing; to refer to persons as “kids” who have the authority to hire/fire is quite another. In today's competitive market, I encourage Gen X and Boomers to replace the "kid" mentality with a "hiring manager" reality.
The second thing I would emphasize to your audience is the word r – e – s – p – e – c - t; respect for a multi-generational population that comprises today's workforce. Why not embrace an attitude of “I will learn from the 20/30 year olds and the 20/30 year olds can learn from me?” Together, we will make the work space better.
In my practice, I love the population I serve -- from 16 to 72 years of age. We all learn something from one another. Together, we are better, stronger, more; not worse, weaker and less. Just my two cents -- thoughts from a Boomer and a Mother to three Millennial "kids.”
"A youth is to be regarded with respect. How do you know that his future will not be equal to our present?" - Confucius