If You’re Overqualified for a Job You Want, Explain Why You Want It..
It might seem easy to get a job for which you have all the right credentials, but many managers hesitate to hire someone who seems too good for the role.
So go out of your way to counter any assumptions the hiring manager may have.
For example, they might think that you’ll be too expensive, so you could say up front, “I’m open to talking about salary and willing to work within the pay range for this position.”
The manager could also be worried that you won’t stay in the position long. Address this concern by expressing your excitement about the company and pointing out your previous long-term experiences as examples of your commitment and loyalty.
Some hiring managers may worry that you have a flaw that isn’t obvious (why else would you take a job beneath you?). Alleviate their fear by asking a reference — such as a former boss or someone already in the company — to vouch for you and your qualifications.
Adapted from “How to Apply for a Job You’re Overqualified For,” by Rebecca Knight
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