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Why Aren't Older Workers Seen As Diversity Hires?
I appreciate that the work force needs many more POC to bring parity for everyone, and maybe I'm bitching from my white privilege, if so tell me to check it, but why aren't older workers also seen as diversity hires? I made it through three rounds of a tough interview process with a highly sought after tech/fitness company, but I didn't make it past the third round. Of course I got a rejection email that said "everyone was great and it was a tough decision to decide who to move on with." They could be blowing smoke, or it could be true. All things being equal and assuming it is true, I believe my age (57) played into the decision. If companies are truly concerned with creating a diverse culture, older workers count towards that too. I currently work for another Fortune 50 tech company where the workforce skews young (think 20's and 30's) and I've proven I fit in and can keep up, but I feel like all things being equal, if they do have a tough decision to make about who moves forward in the process and who doesn't the older person is always going to be the one eliminated.
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