What to do when you are overqualified for a job interview

You have been a duteous job seeker for a while now and finally, you have got a job offer that you could probably do with your eyes closed. But halfway through the job interview, the employer utters the one word you have been dreading-‘overqualified.’ Nonetheless, you really need this job. Here is what you should do if you are overqualified for a job.

Be honest

At some point, your interviewer will notice that you are overqualified for the position and there is nothing wrong in stating so. If you don’t mention it, the hiring manager will. So ensure you have an answer ready when you are asked the question. Maybe your new position will give you a more flexible schedule so you can have a better life-work balance or maybe it’s a job within a company that you have always dreamed of working for. Whatever the reason, be honest about your intentions.

Focus on how you can help the company

The massive amounts of skills you have garnered over the years in the workforce can either help you or hurt you during a job interview. It’s up to you to showcase your skills and then explain how they will be beneficial to the company. Maybe you helped your company achieve a merger with huge cooperation or you helped salvage your company from bankruptcy. Research the needs of your prospective company and show how your expertise can meet these needs.

Modify your resume

Most people tweak their resumes, so they can look more qualified than they actually are. In your case, you are already qualified so you need to trim down some of your qualifications and previous experiences so you can appear qualified for the job, not overqualified.

Make a commitment

The biggest fear most potential employers face is that if they hire an overqualified person he or she could bolt immediately they spot a more suiting offer, or they could get bored with their job, causing the company to start the hiring process all over again. This is obviously time-consuming and wasteful in terms of resources. Ensure you don’t plan on leaving or you can sign a contract confirming that you will work for them for at least 12-18 months.

Presently, there are very few job offers and very many job seekers. This has caused employers to shy away from hiring overqualified people for writing reviews, for example, and hold out for the ideal candidates instead. In spite of your massive work experience, you can don’t have to give up on your dream job just yet. Being tactful during your interviews is a step in the right direction.