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How can a person be over qualified for a position?

  1. momster profile image62
    momsterposted 5 years ago

    How can a person be over qualified for a position?

    Many jobs require experience, but how do they determine if a person is over qualified for a position?

  2. Lisa HW profile image73
    Lisa HWposted 5 years ago

    They look at your resume, see that your background is "better" than the job you're applying for, and assume you'll be unhappy in the job (even if you know you're willing to take any job at all).  In reality, a good part of the time, even if you're willing to take any job and be happy to do your best at it; they're usually right about your being miserable (at least secretly) if they hire you.   smile  Other factors, they know you've been making more than they the way to pay, and they don't think you'll be happy with less money.  They know you've got years of experience and think you won't want to report to someone who may have less experience than you (that type of thing).  Another one:  They know you're x years old and have x years experience in x job.  They know the people you'd be working with are younger, have fewer years experience, etc.; and they don't think you'll fit in well with them (which you probably won't).

  3. MickS profile image71
    MickSposted 5 years ago

    Most employers want to employ people who will stick with the job and stay with them.  Often they suggest that people with high qualifications will  not stick at mundane jobs, and will quickly move on.  They believe that the employee is only using the job as a stopgap whilst seeking more nearly appropriate employment.

    1. darkland profile image59
      darklandposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Absolutely correct, but maybe not complete.

  4. lburmaster profile image84
    lburmasterposted 5 years ago

    By fitting the requirements posed for the position. A person is over qualified if they have more qualifications than are necessary.

  5. darkland profile image59
    darklandposted 5 years ago

    A hiring manager needs to fit the best qualified candidate to the position.  Being over qualified can actually be an impediment to being able to fit into a system, even though that may be sort of anti-intuitive.  An over qualified applicant generally means that they are more specialized and therefore their experience may actually be a worse fit then someone with more general or less skills.  Otherwise Mick S. explained it well.