You seem overqualified – why do you want this job?

I hear this as a frequent interview response – “You are overqualified.”  One legitimate concern is that right now a lot of people are settling for “survival” jobs, where any job is better than nothing.  A firm in St. Louis advertised for attorneys at $25,000/yr and was flooded with responses.  And then the legitimate concern is that you will keep looking and move on at the first better opportunity. Job Applicant Beware But be aware that being told you are “overqualified” may simply be a very nice way of telling you they simply don’t want you.  It’s hard to be upset … Read More

I’m don’t want to hurt your feelings so I’ll just say you’re “overqualified”

I was approached by a young man recently after a presentation.  His question was –“What do you do when you’re over-qualified for any job available?” He proceeded to tell me he had a Master’s degree in Public Health and had been told in multiple interviews he was “over-qualified.” Now think about the reality here – In what setting would being “over-qualified” eliminate you from consideration?  If my mechanic gets an additional certification will I tell him “I don’t want you working on my car anymore – I’m afraid you’re too smart?”  If you show up for a simple physical exam and find … Read More

The “overqualified” myth

I’ve never turned down an applicant because I felt he or she was overqualified, and frankly, I don’t think anyone does.  We hear this phrase a lot but it likely just falls in one of these categories:  The hiring manager is afraid the applicant has been around long enough to have some really solid bad habits and doesn’t want to invest the energy to change those.  The hiring manager is intimidated by the applicant’s qualifications and feels unable to manage him/her.  The hiring manager doesn’t like the applicant and doesn’t feel she would fit in will as part of the … Read More

“I’m overqualified” – Oh Really?

I was approached by a young man this week after a presentation.  His question was – “What do you do when you’re over-qualified for any job available?” He proceeded to tell me he had a Master’s degree in Public Health and had been told in multiple interviews he was “over-qualified.” Now think about the reality here – In what setting would being “over-qualified” eliminate you from consideration?  If my mechanic gets an additional certification will I tell him “I don’t want you working on my car anymore – I’m afraid you’re too smart.”  If you show up for a simple … Read More