QuoteOriginally posted by: DCFCGiven that it's illegal in many countries, and most firms have some wooly "embracing diversity" policy, I'd be surprised to see much in the way of explicit bias.We do see job specifications where they say 3-5 years experience. Is that discrimination ?A question that hurts older candidates, even when it's not asked is "if you're so good, why haven't you reached a more senior position by now ?"Actually the worst questions are very often the ones you're not asked.There has also been qualification inflation over the last 10 years. Now it's harder to get a starter job with a first degree, some employers specify you must have a PhD or at least MSc. If you started duting the times when a BSc would do, then you have an issue.Some HH's and some HR's over compensate for the feelings of the manager you may be working for. Most managers, certainly the good ones care about what you can do. However a few get uncomfortable about having a more experienced person working for them. Since it's difficult to actually ask that question, the HR/HH's will over compensate, and simply filter older people out, even when the manager simply does not care.HR/HH's don't want to cause "embarassment" in this way, and it's no skin off their nose if good people get lost because their processes are often so bad that good people get lost randomly anyway.There is a fashion for short CVs. This can lead to over-compression, and of course hurts people who've done more.I hate short CVs, but that's the way it is.The trick I suppose is to to sell what you are.If you've done a lot of stuff, and that has aged you (certainly aged me), then say it.A very good post.Yes it's true that if you are of a certain age, then it is expected that you will have been CEO of GE twice over. A totally unrealistic mindset. Not everyone wants to be Jack Welch or similar.Another element of discrimination I have come across is that having a PhD is believed to make you cleverer, and if you don't have one you are somehow kind of dumb. In fact, a person without a PhD could be no different in intelligence to a person with a PhD, but the reason he hasn't got a PhD is ONLY because he didn't want to do one.