[Joe wrote: "dye your hair, be energetic at the interview, don't wear outdated clothes and good luck."]
No one would ever label me a geezer.
Unfortunately, that hasn't stopped most big companies who've employed me -- earlier in my career -- from kicking every employee to the curb by the time they hit 45, and never hiring anyone over 40.
Recently, a huge media corporation (who had seen my work and reportedly loved it), invited me for an interview. When I arrived, everyone in sight was 30 at most, and the department head no older than 35. Nevertheless, I left with the sense that the job was mine.
Weeks later, however, I received a strangely awkward phone call -- from the media company's National HR Director no less -- where she apologized profusely for the delay, and wanted to "update" me about the job, only to tell me that they'd decided to "hire internally."
Not long after, I spoke to several people who had once worked for the aforementioned major media company. Each told me that the media company's unwritten HR/Legal policy was to never hire anyone over 45, regardless of talent or merit. The hiring wishes of department heads counted for nothing when it came to age. The HR Department set the ultimate rules. So essentially, I'd wasted my time from the start.
Since JPMorgan Chase is more conventionally corporate than the aforementioned media company, I suspect they're even more likely to have an "unwritten" hiring rule in place.
Unless, of course, I'm wrong.