I've been interviewing and a few months ago received feedback that the hiring managers thought I was great for the position, they have no doubt I can do the role, would bring a fresh perspective, etc. However, they consider that I am too senior (even though another employee (white female) in the same role has more years experience in this industry than I do) and that I would get bored and leave after a year. I was therefore not offered the position.
This all sounds terribly presumptuous, it feels like I am being penalised for doing well in the interviews. I am older than most candidates as I am a career changer, but completely open to working my way up as I indicated in the interview. That would be the standard career path in this field, but not even being given a chance in the role?
I should note that I am an ethnic minority candidate and the other candidates they have recently hired for the role are all white females. The department is majority white with 1 mixed race employee. Do I have an claim of action here for age discrimination or indeed anything else?