They Told Me I Was Over Qualified…
I’ve heard this same excuse from many people who ask me why they aren’t getting hired. Let’s just set the record straight—when a potential employer tells you that you are “over qualified,” it’s really just a nice way to say no.
The thing is, right now we have a job market where many people are more than willing to work in positions that they probably ARE over qualified to hold. We all have bills and they need to get paid. I’ve worked in my fair share of coffee houses, retail stores, and other jobs that mostly provided me with extra income.
What Does That Even Mean?
Even though you might be overly qualified for this particular position, there is a reason why a hiring manager would pass on your application.
Over Qualification = Possible Flight Risk
When a company believes that your skill set is too advanced for the job they are offering, it is probably because they believe the responsibilities they have for you to do would just bore you. When there is a chance of boredom and dissatisfaction in the job, there is a greater risk of the person leaving and finding a better position for their specified skill set.
Everyone wants to climb that ladder of success and when employers see your work history and experience that exceeds the tasks of the offered position, they’re red flags raise up. The company is looking to invest in long-term employees who can grow within the company, but that are proud of their job and proud to be a part of that organization.
When a potential employer talks to you about being over qualified for the position, let them know how much you really want the job. Shock the hiring manager with your eagerness to land that position and make them want to bring you on as part of the team.
Thank you for recognizing my advanced skill set, but I would be honored to hold this position and become a team member within this company. I take pride in knowing the company I work for is a leader in the industry, even if I begin in an entry-level position. I hope you continue to consider me a candidate for this position.
No Sap Stories Please.
Stay away from letting the employer know about your financial and personal troubles. If you tell them that you need the job to pay your bills, etc., you’re only diminishing any passion they’d see in you as a candidate.
Put Up a Fight
If you truly want/need that job, it is going to be up to you to convince the hiring manager to see your determination, your tenacity, your willingness and how well you’d fit in the company. Make the hiring manager believe that there is no other choice. If they determine that you’d be more of an asset to the company than a flight risk, then you’re hired.