I’ve noticed another common hiring mistake. They say “I’m rejecting you because you’re overqualified.”
In retrospect, I’ve been overqualified for every job I’ve ever had. I’m not going to be fairly compensated or fairly treated unless I start my own business. However, that isn’t easy.
At one interview, the hiring manager said “You’re overqualified. You don’t have enough .NET experience.”
Suppose you are buying a car. The car is really worth $20k, but the sale price is $5k. Would you say “Sorry, this car is overqualfied.”
If someone tried to sell you a $20k car for $5k, you might be suspicious. However, if you’re able to really evaluate the bargain, then you should buy it. Maybe the seller is at risk for bankruptcy or has cashflow problems.
The economy is lousy, so people are forced to apply for lesser jobs than they normally would. There aren’t any good jobs, but when you apply for a lesser job, you’re “overqualfied”.
When an employer rejects someone for being overqualified, he’s saying that he isn’t willing to accept a bargain.
When a manager is rejects you for a frivolous reason, he isn’t going to say he’s being silly. Instead, he makes up some other reason like “You’re overqualified.” or “You don’t have enough experience in X.”
When a hiring manager says “You’re overqualified.”, he really means one of the following
- I know this job sucks. If I hire someone really smart, they will be bored and frustrated.
- This is a dead-end job. There’s no advancement possible here, so you’ll leave when you can get something better.
- I don’t want to hire someone more experienced than me, because then my own job is at risk. If I hire you, then you might replace me.
- I’m rejecting you because you’re too old, but legally it’s better to say “overqualified”
There’s one important point to remember, when looking for a job. When an employer rejects you for a frivolous reason, he’s never going to say that. There’s always some other excuse. However, there are so many applicants, that employers can afford to be really picky.
I really should start my own business. For now, I’m sticking with the wage slave track.