In this difficult economy, many people are in need of a job. People are applying for many jobs for which they may be over-qualified, and even attending online schools to beef up their resumes even further.
Sadly, applicants with over-the-top qualifications still have trouble finding work. How do you ensure you get the job even if you are over-qualified? There are many different strategies to combat the downsides of over-qualification. Before you can implement those strategies, you need to understand what prospective employers are thinking when they bring up your over-qualification.
Times are tough for employers too: it costs money and takes time to advertise job openings, interview prospective employees, and properly train staff. Because of these expenses, employers want to hire someone they believe will stay at least long enough to offset those costs.
If an employer feels that you are over-qualified, he may or may not address the issue during an interview. If you’re lucky, your prospective employer will come right out and discuss your qualifications. Otherwise, you may have to take the initiative and tactfully bring it up yourself.
It’s important to prepare for a job interview by thinking of answers to questions that may be asked by your employer, including potential concerns about your over-qualification. A big part of getting the job is reassuring your prospective employesr and addressing their concerns about over-qualification. Commonly, when employers address the over-qualification issue they may have concerns about your on-the-job attitude.
These concerns may include your possible complaints about low wages, or that you may not be able to work as a team with other less experienced employees. Your demeanor during the interview is also important. A laid-back approach often works the best. When the issue of over-qualification is presented take the lead and tackle the problem:
* Explain to the interviewer that you have thought about the issue but you really don’t think it will be a big concern.
* Explain honestly why you are interested in the job. For example, if you’re applying for a job at a fast food restaurant even though you have a college degree, you may say you want to find work with a flexible schedule and that you’re looking for a career with the potential for advancement. Employers are probably also sympathetic to the fact that it’s difficult for everyone to find work these days, and may appreciate your humility if you present yourself well.
* Explain why you’re the best candidate for the job. Portray your qualifications as something that’ll make you a more valuable employee, rather than a difficult and unsatisfied one.
*Address any issues your interviewers raise courteously and carefully. Using these techniques, you will be able to handle any job interview where the issue of over-qualification is raised.
The most important thing is to be prepared during a job interview. Who knows: you just may find out your dream job is one for which you are supposedly “over-qualified!”