“Sorry, but you are overqualified.” – Here’s a way past that.

Sklover Working Wisdom

No matter what the job was, Phil kept hearing five words, over and over again: “Sorry, but you are overqualified.” On the other hand, Phil totally understood people saying “Sorry, but you are overqualified” because he, himself, had uttered those five words many times when he did hiring. It’s just that Phil had never stopped to consider why even he said that to job candidates, and did not offer “overqualified” job candidates a first or second interview.

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What Can Recruitment Agencies in Adelaide Do for your Business?


Part of their services, a professional agency will do thorough background screenings to ensure that everyone on their database is providing honest information. On the flip side, you also don’t want to end up with an overqualified person in a position that’s below their competency.

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Recruiters Must Avoid These 7 Hiring Mistakes At All Costs

Recruit CRM

Learn to accept a candidate regardless of the background they're coming from. Sometimes, recruiters also commit the mistake of rejecting an overqualified candidate often because of the same reason. The mistake of hiring a wrong candidate is worse than not finding one at all.

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Most common resume lies


Some potential employees assume that recruiters will not check their references. However, employment dates are easy to verify with a simple background check. In fact, falsifying your title or salary may backfire and potential employers may feel that you are overqualified for the position. In today’s competitive economy, many job seekers will do anything to get ahead, including lie on their resume to make the information look better.

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You Don’t Get a Second Chance to Make a First Impression

Career Alley

If you’re interviewing for a retail job, overdressing may come across as you being overqualified for the position. Dave Thomas, who covers among other items background checks and home-based jobs , writes extensively for Business.com, an online resource destination for businesses of all sizes to research, find, and compare the products and services they need to run their businesses. “ Either you’re the one erasing or you’re the one being erased.

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I answered more questions on the radio this weekend

Ask a Manager

We talked about: what to do if you’re overqualified. when you’re worried about a credit check while you’re job searching. The segment is six and a half minutes and you can listen here: You may also like: if you’re not getting interviews, here’s how to fix your resume and cover letter how do background checks work? I was on public radio’s Marketplace Weekend again this weekend, taking more questions from listeners about job searching.

4 Horrible Resume Writing Tips To Avoid

Career Realism

Why would you limit the amount of information the reader can grasp about your background just because you are worried about them thinking you are “too old” or “overqualified” by having a resume that is longer than one page? First of all, when an employer tells you that you are “overqualified” for a job, it means they just don’t like you. Nobody can be overqualified for a job.

Friday night question queue

Ask A Manager

What do background checks entail? I have a question in regard to job postings that state that applicants will be required to submit to a background check. What exactly does the background check entail? It depends on the specific check. Some just verify education and dates of employment and titles, some check credit, some do criminal records checks, some do detailed references, and yes, some check salary history.

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my coworker told me I should be applying for other jobs, religion at work, and more

Ask A Manager

Coworker told me I’m overqualified and should be applying for other jobs. When I gave a neutral answer, she told me I should be, because she thinks I’m overqualified for our field. I didn’t study advertising, and I went to a “top college,” but I wouldn’t say I’m overqualified (at least not more so than any other entry-level worker). I got a reply after the July 4th holiday saying only “Let me check.”

2013 55

can I leave early when my work is done, how long after a reference check should you hear back, and more

Ask A Manager

If your manager is sensible, she’ll have no issue with this — but it’s worth checking with her to make sure. How do I tell my manager that I’m overqualified and ask for higher level work? How do I ask/tell my manager I am overqualified and am looking to gain supervisorial / management experience? How long after a reference check does it take to hear whether you got the job?

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Should a receptionist tell callers when someone is out sick, consolation prize interviews, and more

Ask A Manager

I have only gotten a few interviews, unfortunately, and I know it is because I am being viewed as overqualified. The truth is, I do not apply because of my history of bipolar disorder, which I would have to disclose on my bar application and would most likely disqualify me from admission in the background check (I was grilled heavily about this in my home state when I applied there, years before I had an escalation of the condition). It’s five answers to five questions.

2014 59

should you dumb down your resume, volunteering for a layoff, and more

Ask A Manager

The family member said I basically needed to “dumb down” my resume because otherwise I seemed too overqualified for the job. On that date, I got an email from someone in HR that started like this, “Good afternoon, I would like to start with our background check and drug screening….” It’s short answer Saturday — seven short answers to seven short questions. Here we go… 1. Should you dumb down your resume?

coworker’s drama-filled personal calls, interviewer refused to interview me, and more

Ask a Manager

I thought I might be off base in being so annoyed by this, so I checked with my other office mate, Sam, and he is just as annoyed as I am. I am more than qualified for the position, without being considered overqualified. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. Coworker has drama-filled calls with his girlfriend 10 times a day. I share an office with two people, Sam and Wakeen. Wakeen takes multiple phone calls from his girlfriend each and every day.

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employer wants permission to call people outside my reference list

Ask A Manager

About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager employer wants permission to call people outside my reference list March 17, 2011 A reader writes: I recently was asked to sign a Consent to Reference Check form. I check in with my references regularly when job-seeking to make sure they are still on board and to keep them updated. In fact, in most states, you don’t need written consent to check references, period. my new favorite interview question dont check references?

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short answer Sunday: 7 short answers to 7 short questions

Ask A Manager

We have a similar educational and work background, similar experience and he’s going to be doing a similar job but far, far less work than I do. Here’s the twist: I haven’t been happy here in a long time and I’ve been offered another much, much better job, but since I’m still going through the background check process, I haven’t put in my notice (just to be safe). The litmus test: Would they dispute the title in a reference check?)

2011 52

am I not getting hired because I'm gay?

Ask A Manager

I know this because when I got my current job, they had to run a background check that included contacting that employer and there was no hassle. short answer Sunday - seven short answers to seven short questions using info from Facebook when hiring my former boss told a background checker that she didnt know me things that dont belong on your resume #174 am I being exploited as a volunteer? my new favorite interview question dont check references?

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