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Interviewed for an exec position with a small company and in the convo with the CEO (whom I would be replacing), she said "you're very young and there seems to be an issue with young people and work ethic." How do you respond to this?

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Run. Nothing worse than joining a organization that doesn’t respect you from the moment you step in the door.

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“Okay, Boomer”

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That’s rude and ageist. How would she like it if you said well you’re too old for your position - there seems to be an issue with people your age keeping pace with change and remembering things.

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SM3, okay older middle aged people and seniors if that makes you feel better

“Well you’ll be gone so 🤷🏻‍♂️”

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‘you’re very old and there seems to be an issue with old people and causing superfluous wars and financial crises.’

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Just end the interview or ask why they scheduled it if they weren't going to hire lower tenure folks

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Run in the other direction. Was basically told the same thing by a start-up CFO, that I was “too young to be making $110k” (2 YOE) so that was the end of the interview. Came back to me 2 weeks later when they couldn’t find someone with the same experience and declined. I would have accepted the role if the CFO had not made the “too young” comment. Blew my mind

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"I'm glad I won't be working with you when I get the job" Either way it's not smart of the company to ask someone to interview their replacement

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Assuming you do work hard. I would reply that there is no question about my work ethic and you can talk to any past colleagues. What I think is more important is my ability to work smartly and I instill that in my teams.

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"My past track record shows that I delivered results by doing whatever it takes to succeed" It's kind of a trap and no need to directly confront her. If it were me I would focus on what I brought to the table that would help the company. If I can get my job done in 10 hours by focusing on the most important issues and did it with new technologies, new ideas, new teams etc. , how would working 15 hours a day help the company?

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The other consideration is if you’re going to be the CEO, this is a Q you need to be able to answer because your team members, suppliers and customers may think it. I almost see it as a test...tell me how this doesn’t apply. I would say something along the lines of “I’m here at this age because I have a very strong work ethic, as my experience would demonstrate”.

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She is just salty that she is leaving.

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Well that’s illegal age based discrimination but sadly not much you can do about it unless you’re willing to make a big Sri k with their HR (seems dubious it would get you the job)

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Age discrimination is actually only on the other end of the perspective, at least from a legal standpoint. Discrimination laws only kick-in age 40 and older.

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My primary concern is that she has influence over the hiring process with the board. While I am replacing her, she's retiring and held in high esteem as far as I know.

Well, how did you respond?

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