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Overqualified candidates

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Are overqualified candidates a good hire?

When sourcing a new candidate, finding someone with a corresponding skills match and a wealth of experience is at the forefront of every recruiter’s concentration.

Yet, while decent working knowledge and experience remains a highly desirable trait, some employers are quickly put off by overqualified candidates applying to less senior roles.

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Comments (3)

  • Angie
    Thu, 31 Jan 2019 1:31pm GMT
    4 years ago having taken VR from a high profile VERY demanding banking role, I applied for a job as a manager of a soft services team. The recruiter openly and thankfully expressed real concerns that I was over qualified and may leave in less than 6months. Her openness enabled me to explain why I had taken VR and why I wanted this job. I got the job and they paid for me to take a great qualification in Health and Safety Management. I’ve progressed taken on a significantly more responsible role and LOVING work! It’s not just about acadaemia, it’s about life qualifications!!
  • Cindy
    Tue, 8 Jan 2019 7:01pm GMT
    Instead of recruiters assuming 'overqualified' candidates will be bored or want opportunities that don't exist, they should do their due diligence and find out the person's story - why they have applied? Perhaps that person has been longing to work with a company such as yours because their values align so well or they are passionate about what you do - why would you want to overlook that and miss out on someone who could potentially be a great champion for your company? Employers do candidates and their companies a great disservice by overlooking those with more experience or qualifications than required - all it requires is a preliminary conversation!!
  • Valerie
    Tue, 8 Jan 2019 1:36pm GMT
    Having been made redundant and 'retired' on pension at age 58 last year I found that I was being turned down for jobs because I was perceived as being too experienced or too 'strategic'. I'm very appreciative that my current employer was happy to take me on because my previous experience was valued, rather than seeing me as a threat or over the hill. I'm enjoying learning about a different industry and am excited to have the opportunity to make a difference by building on previous successes. My work life balance is better, I'm part of a thriving business in my local community and gone are long commutes and organisational politics

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