We’re sorry, but you’re overqualified for the position…
Being told you’re overqualified for a job can feel like someone telling you you’re too old or too
smart or asking for too much money.
It is known that over qualification is the state of being skilled or educated beyond what is
necessary for a job.
But this is not always the case; sometimes the candidate has too many years of experience so
therefore the role is too junior, or the applicant has too many skills and they’ll be bored.
They might also develop negative attitudes, such as a sense of entitlement about their skills or
resentment through boredom, which can ripple out to every cubicle in an office.
Depending on how technical the job position is, finding someone whose skill set and
experience fits the position exactly can be tough. Many jobs clearly require a specific degree or
training certification. But others fall into a grey area where experience or a lack thereof can
make or break a candidate’s suitability, so the more specific a recruiter can be about the tasks
and responsibilities of a job, the easier it is to determine the appropriateness of each
Similarly, when making an important hiring decision, the question a hiring manager needs to
ask is whether it’s better to hire someone who is highly skilled but might be overqualified or to
hire someone who might not have the necessary skill level but may be able to get there
through training. This question can be looked at in multiple ways.
Overqualified candidates, of course, have their pros and cons. In each situation, the hiring
manager needs to take a look at the resources available and make a decision based on the risks
involved in hiring.
– (Entrepreneur, 2014)