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I can’t really improve on shutterbug’s advice. I don’t have that much experience and I suck at interviews.

I like the point that most interviewers don’t know what they are doing though.  I never thought of it that way before but it makes sense and makes it a lot less scary.

Enthusiasm makes a difference for sure. I am not a naturally enthusiastic person and I have major depressive disorder so I don’t do well at being all “yay, I really want to work here!” Especially since I usually don’t really want to work there. But it pays to act like you are really excited to be there and you really want the job. A friend of mine used to be a manager at a Blockbuster store. When one was opening   up near me he gave me tips how to get hired. He said when they ask “where do you see yourself in 5 years?” answer “managing a Blockbuster store”. I never applied for the job for some reason. But it gave me a better idea of  how to answer that question when it comes up.

Confidence is also important. Don’t go in with the attitude that they won’t hire you because you’re too old. Act like as if you don’t even know that it’s a problem.

Being 57 is not necessarily a bad thing. As shutterbug said, you have experience and don’t need any training. Also, you are more likely to be responsible and reliable. The trick is to find a place where they will see your age as an asset. Smaller privately owned places might be better. And places where the managers are a little more mature themselves.

Of course if all else fails you could be a Walmart greeter. 😉