For the last 11 months I have been looking for a long term job. Here are some of the things that I have been asked or told, some are verbatim others are close. Note: I'm in my 50s, college educated, and was at my last place of employment for 15 years.
  1. "I'm looking for someone to mentor for the next 5 years to take over my job. You'll probably retire before me."
    Who is going to guarantee that they will stay in a place for 5 years?
  2. "Don't you think at this point in your life you should be looking for something that pays more?"
  3. "How many children do you have? Are they adults?"
    Followed by "You have grandchildren?"
  4. "Who was president when you were born?"
  5. "Even though you're the most qualified and seem like a nice guy I'd rather work with the other people that I interviewed."
    Because I want to work with someone younger.
  6. "Do you have a problem working with minorities?" Followed by "Our stores are in high crime areas, does that bother you?"
  7. "You're not a cultural fit."
  8. "When I got laid off I had plenty of job offers and found a job right away. What's preventing you from doing the same?"
    I've heard this multiple times. In other words, what the heck is wrong with you?
  9. "You could do my job. I don't need someone who could do my job."
  10. "Do you really want to travel at this time in your life?"
    Travel is for young people.
  11. "You were rejected because you made too much money in you last job."
    This has been told to me multiple times.
  12. "I haven't even read your resume and I didn't know what position you applied for."
  13. I will call you by (blank)
    I haven't come across ANYONE who called back when they said they would. I realize people are busy but...and when you try to follow up it takes numerous phone calls and emails and they still might not respond.
  14. "Let's just get this over with."