Why Being Overqualified Can Be Bad

May 7, 2015

Career Advice

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Have you ever wondered why an employer wouldn’t want an overqualified candidate? What have they really go to lose? It turns out a lot — including you.

That’s right, many companies are scared to hire overqualified candidates because there’s a chance you’ll only stick around for a few months until something better comes along. And it takes a lot of time and money to hire a candidate.

There are a lot of other reasons why an overqualified candidate isn’t the right person to hire. Here are just a few things running through an employer’s mind when they turn you down for being overqualified:

  • There’s a chance you’ll get bored in this position and leave when something more exciting comes your way.
  • Although you say you want this position, on a day-to-day level you might get sick of doing tasks that are beneath your skill level, which could create conflict.
  • Your potential new boss could be younger than you or equally as qualified as you, which could create conflict and internal competition.
  • They may not be able to pay you fairly for your experience, and are concerned you’d leave when a better salary is offered to you elsewhere.

Read 4 other reasons why you didn’t get hired.



About Spectrum Brands Careers

Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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