Having great skills and lots of experience is rarely seen as a bad thing. However, while some employers love candidates with skills and experience, it can be a hindrance. Some employers will state that you are overqualified for the job. If you are really interested in the job, there is a way to get around this.
Firstly, you need to think about it from where the employee is. Perhaps you have worked in a senior management role and are applying for a mid-level management role? A potential employee may look at this and presume you are taking a step backwards while looking for the right job to come along.
Understandably, employers are looking for employees that are permanent, loyal and long-term. Seeing a candidate that seems overqualified for the role can be off putting. It can make employers feel that they can’t meet your needs for a challenge, don’t pay enough or they are being used as a stopgap.
If you feel that you may come across as overqualified for a role, or you have been given that feedback, we can help. Below we share our top tips for securing your dream job as an overqualified candidate.
- Express Interest
Include in your cover letter or during your interview your interest in that specific job role or company. Show the employer that you’re not just looking for any job. Instead, share why this job is of interest to you. Be as detailed as possible to help the employer understand what motivated you to apply for this job.
- Long Term Goals
Talking about your long-term goals will help portray you as a dedicated and focused employee. By talking about how this job role will work alongside your long-term goals you’ll show the employer that you’re prepared for longevity. Discuss how the role or the business fits with your long-term goals. It’s a good idea to add what you want to achieve during your time with the company too.
- Flexible On Salary
A big concern for employers looking at hiring overqualified staff is that they won’t be able to pay enough. It is important that you include you’re flexible on your salary and know you will be taking a cut. Explain that you are comfortable with the salary due to the fact it reflects the job and not the experience. Take the time to talk passionately about why the job change is worth the cut in salary.