Christina Johnson-Bradley
over 6 months ago


I am so tired of being told I am overqualified for a position I have applied to. Please correct me if I am wrong, but if a person is overqualified for a position does that still mean they have all of the qualifications to do the job they are asking?

Arnell M Walker

I just have one maybe 2 questions? When reading the job description how does it compare with you qualifications, experience and the actual employment needs at this time. Then decide the answer to your question and statement. Not saying don't apply for the position but see if there is a position that allows your talents or parts for support with this employer. Think about this: There are companies that are supported by other funding sources and the guidelines are much different and must be followed accordingly to their standards. You should be able to search out this information. Go to your "Local Workforce Center", happy hunting.

Steven Burrows

Generally, I would repeat the usual factors that cause HR people to stamp an applicant as "overqualified": (1) "You will get bored in this job", (2) "You will leave us as soon as a better job comes up at higher pay (isn't that just the free market?), (3) You might be more qualified than your immediate supervisor for their job, (4) You might have trouble doing things "our way". And last, but not least, I often suspect that "overqualified" is HR code/excuse for "You are too old...", which, of course they can't say without being sued.

Now I agree thoroughly that all of these reasons are stupid. However, HR people are trained (indoctrinated?) in some pretty outlandish theory on predicting employee behavior to avoid hiring problematic people. The very name "Human Resources" strongly suggests a mindset that employees are interchangeable parts that can be acquired and discarded with little more thought or empathy than changing a light bulb or a broken tool. I can remember, not so long ago, when these departments were called 'Personnel' and employees received better treatment. Most of the Human Resources "science" of screening out bad fits for a job is undeserving of that label, and it more closely resembles astrology than a social science. However, the HR people are usually the first set of gatekeepers you have to get past, so it might be better to start "dumbing down" your resume until it is just enough, but no more. I know that this is likely to be my future strategy and I resent it. But education and experience appear to be counterproductive in today's crazy - upside down job market.