Have you ever gotten the feedback from a recruiter or hiring manager that you are overqualified? What do you do if you really want the job even though you are considered overqualified for it? How can you convince the employer that this is the position that you want even though you have worked at a higher level and/or higher salary in the past?
Let’s face it. Many employers are not willing to hire someone for a position for which the person seems to be overqualified.
So how do you get past this seemingly insurmountable barrier?
Here is some professional advice:
1. Anticipate the employer’s concerns. If the employer considers you to be overqualified, the main concern from the employer’s perspective is that you are taking this position as a place holder, and as soon as something better comes along, you will leave. You can allay this concern by showing your stable work history. If you have a track record of staying with employers for a minimum of two or three years at a time, this can bolster your case that you won’t cut and run.
2. Show genuine interest in the position and organization. Before the interview, take a look at the company’s value statement and mission statement on the website. Then you will be in a position to talk enthusiastically about how your values align with the organization’s. That way the employer will realize that you are interested in that company specifically, not just that you are desperate and looking for anything.
3. Network. You may need to do some networking to get an employer to take a look at you. When you come recommended from someone on the inside, it will go a long way in terms of the hiring manager’s confidence in you as a candidate.
4. Ask the employer what they are looking for in the perfect candidate. If the interviewer seems hesitant about you in the interview, it’s a good idea to ask the question, “What are you looking for in the perfect candidate?” This will give you insight into what qualities and skills the employer is looking for. Then you will you have an opportunity to make that match in the interviewer’s mind to show that person that you indeed have what the company is seeking.
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