If a older person and a younger person were applying for a job who would get it?

United States
August 23, 2006 12:12pm CST
I know the world isn't suppose to be racist but usually age is a big factor. Would you pick the younger one because they could get it done faster, or would you pick the older on who's kids are probably grown and will be there everyday probably.
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@1summer (275)
• United States
25 Aug 06
The most suitable person(most qualified, most experienced,best attitude),age has nothing to do with it.
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@MySpot (2602)
• United States
21 Nov 06
I totally agree.
• United States
23 Aug 06
I think it should depend on the qualifications and experience. I don't think that age should matter. When I was in college, there were a lot of people in my class that had their jobs for 20 years but lost their jobs because some young kid came in with a college degree. I think that sucks too. Not everyone needs a degree to be good at what they do.
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@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
23 Aug 06
Depends on who has more experience and who the employer believes can be trusted in the position.
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@asa010 (1129)
• India
23 Aug 06
it depends on the post they apply,if both are capable..
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• United States
23 Aug 06
The jobs are being filled alot with eye candy. If you go to most any office your most likely to find some cutey. I love when I see the elders still up front. Bosses want the eye candy it gets people in and spending.
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• United States
23 Aug 06
I would pick the older person not only for the reasons you stated but because they know how to improvise when computers go down. Young people know how to press buttons and find out what they need to know but older people were taught to use their brains to do tasks such as making change. Today when you go into a store and the computerized cash registers go down, odds are the teenager working the register will not know how much change to give you. An older person will be able to do the math in their head or on scratch paper and give you the correct change. An older person is more versed in courtesy, resolving conflicts peacefully, and will probably not have a piercing in a strange place such as the lip or eyebrow.
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@tickedoff (672)
• United States
23 Aug 06
it shouldn't be about age it should be who's better qualified for the job. hey brandy1978 have you checked your mylot mail? I sent you a message!
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• United States
23 Aug 06
You mean ageist, not racist. Ageism in the workplace is illegal in the US; why take the chance of being sued?
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@TheWuzz (98)
• United States
23 Aug 06
Most of the time the young one because they can be paid less money. Of course this depends on the job opening. Large corporations try to get rid of their older employees because they make to high a wage and replace them with younger ones
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• United States
23 Aug 06
The older one would probably do things more accuratly because they would have more experience and know how an employee should work. However, the younger may be faster. Idk
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• Philippines
17 Dec 06
it is not racist it is age discrimanation specially people who could still perform quality jobs! Jobs requirments now a days are so discremanating. It always says 22 to 35 years old. how about those above 35! ii i will hire someone i should not look for the age but look for the capabilities of the applicant
@jbdhiman (551)
• India
28 Nov 06
Younger person shall get job fast
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@3acres (748)
• Singapore
27 Nov 06
it depends on the requirement of the position. personally, i like the younger ones because you can still develop the young ones to fit the requirement , on the other hand, the older one can share experiences that can help to improve your company, so i say it still depends.
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• United States
26 Nov 06
I am in the Human Services field, so we tend to look for the younger ones fresh out of college.
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@PatriciaL (2081)
• United States
26 Nov 06
LOL, racist? You mean prejudice. :)
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@Artsimba (1335)
• United States
26 Nov 06
I would like to think I'm fair and would choose the applicant who is more skilled for the job, but I believe that the younger gets chosen more often than not due to their age, sorry to say. I'm older and that's what I believe as well.
26 Nov 06
older people do tend to be more reliable, they also have more life experience...i have worked in recruitment and personally it would depend on the job role and experience required, and my own experience recruiting!
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@emarie (5454)
• United States
21 Nov 06
it depends on the job they're applying for. if its something simple that needs spead or heavy lifting maybe the younger one. but it should be on who has the most experience. the younger one could have worked more job and the older one could have only wored a few or vise versa...
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@rakinitin (686)
• Canada
21 Nov 06
In lots of cases the older individual might get the job due to being more diverse and also 'mature'. Older vs younger can be more reliable.
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@timou87 (1642)
• Singapore
21 Nov 06
Well in theory older people are more experienced and have more to share. But in reality, old people are seldom employed, younger people are always given priority