How to Combat the “Overqualified” Label

“I’m afraid you’re overqualified for this position.”

When a hiring manager says this, what he usually means is that he’s worried you’re looking to take a job – any job – to tide you over until a better one comes along, and that you’ll leave quickly as soon as one does.

Read below for some suggestions about how you can sincerely and truly show that you’re committed to the position and that you’d like to stick around for the long-term.

  • As you interview, subtly stress that you’re looking for a place where you can make a long-term commitment and grow. You understand the employer’s concerns about your qualifications, but you’re hopeful you can prove to be a star employee and perhaps move up into a position of more responsibility in time.
  • You’ve accomplished and learned a lot over the years, all due to the responsibilities and training given to you by other companies. A new employer will be getting all the value you bring without having to pay for it. So be sure to politely let the hiring manager know of this value. You might want to say something such as: “I’m not interested so much in advancement and titles at this point in my career. I’m looking for a position where I can provide great service and be of benefit to a company. I must admit I wouldn’t say no to greater opportunities with your firm as time goes on and I’m sure you’ll find my experience and skills of great value to you in the meantime.”
  • If a hiring manager or recruiter brings up the “overqualified” factor, this gives you an opportunity to show the interviewer the advantages of hiring you. For instance, you’ll be able to hit the ground running and will need little or no training. Because of your experience, you’ll be able to contribute to the company’s bottom line almost right away.

When looking for work in the Anchorage, Seattle, Chicago, Portland, Lake Oswego, or Tacoma areas, look for it with the help of the Opti Staffing Group. We can help you find temporary, temp-to-hire and even direct-hire opportunities with some of these cities’ top employers. Contact us today.

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