By Charles Jannetti
I am not exactly sure why highly qualified candidates should be summarily dismissed from the selection process. This is a thoughtless and mean-cut posture often made by poorly trained hiring managers or weak HR employees. It is a copout statement.
If they mean they are concerned that a solid candidate will ask for too much salary, they can cover that in open discussion. Afraid the candidate will leave for a better job too soon after hire? Again, they can discuss that.
Sometimes a résumé presents educational degrees and experience levels that may look intimidating to some readers, and they'll say you're overqualified. But you may still be called in for the interview. Go in with your action plan mentally pre-loaded. If this mindless comment is made, you want to be ready to artfully recover. Being prepared is your best option.
Remember chemistry and sound interviewing skills usually win. Plus, with your experience and talent, you're probably better than many 25-35 year-olds walking through the door.
It is critical that you do your homework, research and find out about the interviewer. Know their education background and what jobs they held. Research the person and increase the likelihood that you'll land the job. Show that you are resourceful, have commodities, and can readily offer value to help companies to the next level.
Change focus and don’t disagree with an interviewer’s “overqualified” comment. Some ideas on the words to use are spelled out as follows:
When you hear them observe that you have too much experience and you are overqualified, turn the tables with these words:
“You are correct. I am well [shift from “over” to “well”] qualified for this position. That is why I applied for it. I am ready to deliver quality output now. I will ...