I called in and since John McCain is 72, age was a major issue.
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Me: Recruiters assume that any 40+ worker who is not in an executive role is not a superior candidate.
Karen: An older candidate in that position could sell himself as someone for whom career advancement is not an issue. He just wants to do his job well.
Me: An older worker wants more money because of his greater experience and this makes him less attractive.
Karen: Candidates in their fifties and sixties are not after big money. They care more about a good work life balance. Just like younger people.
Karen: An older candidate should sell himself as a mentor for younger staff members.
Me: The interviewer might not want a guy who thinks he's seen and knows everything.
An older worker has to present himself as someone who is as eager to learn as anyone else and who considers other people as peers rather than juniors who have to respect his greater wisdom.
Karen:, speaking from personal experience, said that older people are, in fact, less stubborn and more willing to learn than younger people.