What to Do When You’re Overqualified for a Job

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You’ve been a dutiful job seeker for a while, and finally, you’ve found a position … that you could do blindfolded. But after you’re called in for an interview, the hiring manager utters the dreaded “o” word — overqualified. Still, you really want this position. Here’s what you need to do when you’re overqualified for a job.

Be Honest

It will be immediately obvious to your interviewer that you are overqualified for the position, and there’s nothing wrong in saying so. After all, if you don’t bring it up, the hiring manager surely will. So, have a game plan ready for when the question comes up. There are many reasons for someone to take a position that is considered below them. Maybe the job offers you the option to telecommute, which is what you need at this stage of your career. Or maybe it’s a fifteen-minute commute door to door, or a job with a company that you’ve always wanted to work for. Whatever the case, you should be honest about your intentions. Read more…

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