Do Job Interviews Get Easier As Workers Get Older?

The saying goes, “Love, like wine, gets better with age,” but does the adage extend to job interviews too? For the answer, we turned to Glassdoor’s Chief Economist, Dr. Andrew Chamberlain. In a new study of a large sample of more than 250,000 interview reviews on Glassdoor, Dr. Chamberlain and his team looked at the factors that make job interviews difficult. In addition to multi-step evaluations making interviews harder for candidates, age is a reported factor that intensifies the interview process. “We found that older workers reported significantly more difficult job interviews than younger workers on Glassdoor, even after controlling for job title, education and industry,” says Dr. Chamberlain. “On average, moving up one age group — for example, moving from age 25-34 to 35-44 — is associated with approximately 1.3 percent more difficult job interviews, a small but significant increase.” But aren’t older worker’s more experienced? Doesn’t their industry insight give them a leg up? Yes, however, the challenges may not be rooted in the ability to answer questions or provide anecdotes. Instead, research reveals that the difficulty lies in the type of interview screens. “Perhaps unsurprisingly, group panel interviews mattered most for interview difficulty,” says Dr. Chamberlain. “Adding a

3 Books You Need to Read if You Dread Your Job

“If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life,” might be the motto of people who have already landed their dream jobs. But for those of us who chose a paycheck over passion or simply took the first job we could get, sometimes it’s all we can do to show up with a smile on our face. Are you resigned to a career of dissatisfaction if you hate your job? Absolutely not. Whether you despise your job or you just don’t quite love it anymore, we’ve covered a lot you can do to make the best of it. Today, we’d like to add to the list by pointing out three must-read career books for anyone who finds themselves hating a once-lovable job: Start by Jon Acuff New York Times best-selling author Jon Acuff believes it’s possible for you to love Mondays again. In fact, he believes that loving Mondays is a state of mind, not a particular job, position, or salary. If you’ve started to hate your job, or if you woke up wondering, “How did I get here?” then Start will help you map out a way to make the most of the life

How to Ace Your Next Informational Interview

People refer to unofficial meetings with prospective employers in all sorts of ways: Mock interviews, informational interviews, or, as my business school classmates and I referred to them, “coffee chats” (the coffee part was taken very literally, and I’m still attempting to reduce my caffeine tolerance now, three years after graduating). These meetings can be incredibly fruitful. They’ve helped me become a better businessperson and startup advisor. I still set up them up to connect with industry experts about current tech trends and, on the flipside, to share my experiences with aspiring venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. Here are a few tips I’ve picked up over the years to get the most out of informational interviews, no matter what you call them: 1. Be purposeful. As the “interviewee,” it is important to set yourself up for success by thinking through and establishing your general goal(s) of the meeting before setting a date. Are you looking to learn more about a particular industry? To gain a better understanding of a role or company you’re interested in? To be top of mind when the person you’re meeting with has a future need for someone with your experience? Setting your purpose will help guide

How Property Managers Can Prepare for an Audit

“You’re being audited.” Those three words can strike fear in the hearts of even the most organized property manager. But if you take measures today to ensure that your business is audit-proof, you’ll be a lot more comfortable if your property management business is chosen for an audit. While an IRS audit is always possible, it’s more likely that your state’s Department of Real Estate would be the pursuer of any audit request received. No less terrifying than an IRS audit, negative findings can directly impact your business, with repercussions ranging from fines, to suspension of even revocation of your license, depending on the violations that are found during the audit. In order to audit-proof your property management business, here are a few steps you can take starting today: Clean up your general ledger accounts. That means refraining from dumping unclassified transactions into a miscellaneous account, to using vague account descriptions such as Utilities. If you track several utility types, like most properties, try to be specific in your account wording. And be sure to change these at the beginning of your fiscal year, since most accountants and CPAs frown on changing account numbers mid-year. Always begin year-end work early.

Putting Your Staffing Expertise to the Test

How Much Are Your Employees Really Costing You? When was the last time you heard a property manager say, “Wow, I’m saving so much money on these new employees!”? Let me guess: never? That’s because hiring, training and retaining employees is often the biggest financial burden on a property, taking valuable resources and time away from leasing apartments and providing great service to residents. If you have at least some business experience, this probably isn’t news to you. What you may not know, however, is what those employee costs actually are and where they come from.