Originally Posted by Pony Boy
So, what does "you're overqualified" really mean?
Have you ever had an employer or recruiter say you're "overqualified" for a job? Honestly, how can you really be "overqualified" for a job? You can either do the job, or you can't. How can having more experience than required be a negative, right?
First, it's important to know that it's a catch-all excuse that hiring managers, recruiters and HR use to politely eliminate you from the candidate pool. Why do they use it? If they said what they were really passing on you for, it would seem silly, petty, or down-right discriminatory. In fact, here are nine most common reasons they are saying it.
1. Your personality isn't a match for the office/department culture.
2. You don't look like you would fit in.
3. You seem like a slow worker.
4. You have too many degrees and/or were paid too much previously.
5. You didn't seem reliable.
6. You acted like a know-it-all in the interview.
7. You didn't seem like you really knew what you were talking about.
8. I don't like you, can't see working with you every day, and I just don't want to be rude.
9. I already have the candidate I want and interviewing you is just a formality.
Actually, as someone who handled HR for several companies over the past 15 years, dealing with interviews, hiring and firing on a daily basis, "overqualified" means exactly what it says.
If someone is overqualified for a job, it means that they are more likely to leave that job for another, and are therefore more of a liability to hire than someone who is adequately qualified for a job.
To put it in simple terms, if you have an 18 year old with no work experience and a 30 year old with 10 years management experience both applying for a minimum wage job at McDonald's, I'm going to hire the 18 year old, because it is more likely that the 30 year old is going to keep searching for (and find) other employment, causing me to have to replace him or her much more quickly than I would the 18 year old.
I would think if you ran a successful business, something as simple as this would come second nature to you and not cause you to go search for an AOL jobs article to poorly support whatever point it is you're trying to make.
I'm waiting for the inevitable influx of guffaws telling me I'm saying that Req applied for a job at McDonald's and about how I popped popcorn at a movie theater instead of, you know, addressing the point.