Ashley Wilson
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Posted July 16, 2021

Overqualified for the job?

Check out some helpful tips and tricks to land the job you need NOW even when you feel (or are being told) you are overqualified!
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If you are applying for a job that you are overqualified for you may worry that the employer won't give you a chance. It might seem crazy that you could be penalized for being too great at what you do, but it does happen. If you think about it from an employer's perspective, it makes sense that they could be concerned for a number of reasons.

The employer may assume that an overqualified candidate will:

  • Get bored with the role and simply leave

  • Try and move up within the organization ASAP and quit if that’s not possible

  • Continue to apply elsewhere for positions that match their abilities

  • Want a vastly greater salary than the current position pays

Let's take a look at some tips on what to do when you're overqualified and how to ease an employer's worries!

Don’t oversell yourself

During the interview instead of focusing on highlighting all of your accomplishments on your resume if you’re overqualified, focus specifically on roles and responsibilities that align with the potential position. Be specific and straightforward! The goal is to make yourself appear in line for that position.

Address salary concerns

When you’re overqualified you will likely receive a salary reduction and it’s important to convey to the employer that you’re willing to take one. So, be sure to address the elephant in the room! In your cover letter make it clear that the role is an acceptable range for you. For example, if you were a manager in your past role but you are now looking for an individual contributor role, make it clear you're not expecting a similar salary because you know this role has less responsibility.

Be ready to explain why

During an interview expect questions about why you want the job given your advanced experience and skills to come up. This is likely the first question the employer will ask, so having a great answer prepared in advance is very important. First, acknowledge that you know you're overqualified, and next, provide reasons why hiring you benefits the company. This could be that you plan to use your wide range of experience to mentor team members or assist when coworkers are out sick or on vacation. Think about how being overqualified is an advantage to that company and sell it to them!

Utilize your experience

Make sure to research the company before applying. Find out who they are and where they need assistance. Show them that you understand their problems and outline what your experience can bring to the organization. You're at an advantage because employers know that hiring someone with more experience means the learning curve for training will be shorter and that someone with more experience at a lower price can greatly benefit them.

Maintain a positive attitude

Don’t necessarily put on the breaks and think it can’t or won’t happen. Instead of seeing yourself as overqualified, view yourself as highly qualified with something extra to offer the company! Also, it goes without saying, but avoid thinking/acting like you are "too good" for the role.

Also, be aware that even though you are overqualified for the role that this is not a guarantee that the job is yours based on your experience. Even though you have all that great experience it doesn’t necessarily mean you will land the job on that alone. You will still need to convince the company of what you can do for them and stand out from other applicants. And ultimately, it is YOUR decision whether or not you'll accept or decline the job offer.


Would you apply for a job even if you felt overqualified for it?

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Suleman Tariq

I have applied to all jobs that are sent to me. I have been told that they are going to another Candidate. I am Apply in Electronics Technician. My age is 35 year. My qualifications is BS Physics in Electronics. I have 12 year Experience as Electronics Technician in Pakistan

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Daulin Brea

Hello

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Robert Imka

Never applied so how would you you know anyways

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Richard Mcwilliams

What job did I play for

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lrz0288 Zecena

You have the reason. Im going to change something in my resume.

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taylor spears

What job am I over qualified for?

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Percy Deza Chauca

I applied all jobs that you send my, I am BS Marine Engineer, with more than 30 years of experience, I applie to technician in maintenance and no hired.

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Josiah Evans-White

i still would like a chance to atleast work here.

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becky norgord

I find i strange that you can give me advice before meeting me . I don't think you read my resume . This is offensive and I have unsubscribed from this several times please do not contact me again . This is why I went with Indeed of which you pouch names off . DO NOT CONTACT ME AGAIN

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Nicholas Mervosh

This article is an offer of information for many candidates in the job market with over 20 years of experience. One may need these techniques to be successful in an interview. It is true that most will leave a job they are over qualified for a job more commiserate with pay and experience. When switching to a new career or line of work, the years of experience doesn't apply as you essentially have very little experience in the new career/job. Thanks Ashley!

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