Overqualified – The Backhanded Compliment
“I’m sorry, you’re a great candidate, but . . . We can’t make an offer because you’re too good - you’re overqualified.” Is that a compliment? Or an insult? Does it matter? The job you wanted and knew you could do well went to someone else, and you’re still looking. Frustration. Discouragement. Defeat. Wait. Don’t give up yet. It’s time to “take the bull by the horns” and win the job you want. Follow these ten steps and turn your “overqualified” label into a “welcome aboard.” 1. Understand the potential employer’s perspective. The truth is, they would love to hire you, but they have legitimate concerns:
- They can’t afford you – your current or last salary is considerably higher than their budget will allow.
- They’re concerned your expectations are for rapid promotion, but they need somebody for the position that’s open – not somebody who will be disillusioned when the rapid promotion doesn’t happen.
- Various scenarios run through their mind, such as . . . they hire you, train you, and just as everything gets comfortable and efficient, you get bored and move onto greener pasture while they are left to start the hiring process over again.