Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Overqualified--some quick responses

Women for Hire, as I said before, is a cool website. Check it out at

They had a little story on how to respond to the overqualified gambit.

If you are over 40 and trying to put food on the table, you may hear this.

First, according to this, probe a little. Ask, “What is your specific concern?”

If the interviewer is afraid they will train you and then you will get bored and find something better, say, “Anyone might change jobs for something better, not just people who are overqualfied. I am experienced enough to know better than to apply to a position that would bore me.”

Try to inject humor…you could say, “Wouldn’t you want to get a Cadillac for the price of a Chevy?”

I would advise deciding if the person is humor-impaired before trying that one.

Try to turn “overqualified” into “exceptionally qualified.” Send a thank you note for the interview, maybe a clipping about the industry. Stay in touch without annoying the person.

Try all these—what do you have to lose?

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