My colleague Ardith of Ardith Rademacher & Associates sent me a really great article this morning that she said I could share with you! If you are in an interview and the position is attractive to you but your skills are more robust than what is required – these are VERY valuable tips for you to know so you can help your interviewers make good, balanced decisions. 🙂
Making a Case for the Overqualified
The overqualified pool is filled with variety of individuals. The large majority consist of those who have been laid-off. These candidate may or may not be older, but nonetheless wiser and more experienced than their competition. There is also a large percentage of people who are reentering the workforce. This group consists of well-educated folks who have taken time off to raise families, care for ill family members or needed a leave of absence for their own personal reasons. The smallest percentage of this group are people who are simply looking for a change. This could be a change of scenery, industry, work/life balance, etc.
There are pros and cons to weigh when considering an overqualified candidate.
Let’s start with the cons:
With cons like that, why even consider an over-qualified candidate? Here are some pros to consider:
As with all candidates, it is important to determine if they are a good fit during the interview process. Asking an overqualified candidate about their goals and why they applied for the position will be a large key in deciding if there are more pros than cons.