If childlike assumptions have been a problem, then every other aspect of your demeanor must convey “mature professional adult.”

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Q: Because I am only 4’5” tall, people seem to view me as a child. I was recently laid off after 14 years and have begun looking for a new job. However, I feel that interviewers rule me out as soon as they see me. Since I can’t grow taller, how do I overcome this obstacle?

A: While your short stature is undeniably noticeable, you should not assume that it creates a negative impression. But if childlike assumptions have been a problem, then every other aspect of your demeanor must convey “mature professional adult.” This includes dress, hairstyle, speech and introductory handshake, as well as your LinkedIn profile, resume and interview responses.

To assess the impact of these changes, solicit feedback from trusted friends or colleagues, especially those who have hiring experience. Because it’s been awhile since your last job search, do some practice interviews to increase your confidence. If you come across as composed, professional, and self-assured, your height will no longer be relevant.