Should You Pass On A Candidate If They’re Overqualified

April 17th, 2015

There was a time in our culture where the word “overqualified” wasn’t even used. Since the most recent recession, many employers are falling back on this reason to avoid hiring certain professionals. Job seekers are increasingly, and understandably, more frustrated by the job market because of this one word. But overqualified doesn’t have to mean unemployable. You can leverage the candidates’ skills to your advantage. Here are some reasons you may not want to pass on an overqualified employee.

  1. Top-quality experience. An overqualified employee will be able to handle the function of the job with fewer problems. Their years of experience may be more than the job requires, but that also means they have more maturity. They have learned from their mistakes and won’t repeat them at your company. The cost of a bad hire can rack up pretty quickly so someone with business experience can help mitigate that issue.
  2. Innovative mind. Higher levels of experience also lead to the development of new ideas that you were never expecting. They may notice something about the way your company handles the job that they can improve or augment. You will not get this same perspective from an entry-level candidate. Creativity and innovation can make the difference between someone who can do the job and someone who can excel at it.
  3. Extreme professionalism. Life experience will foster professionalism and a mature candidate will have developed better skills to deal with some of the challenges of the job. They also already have a familiarity with business protocol, even if it was for another company, which can translate to the way you run your company. You won’t have to explain what to talk about in the office, how to communicate with executives, or how to avoid over-stepping their roles on a project.
  4. Dedication and loyalty. Due to the way the job market tends to treat overqualified employees, they are looking for companies where they can establish long-term relationships and make a positive impact. They tend to be very loyal while some entry-level candidates are more likely to get their experience and leave for another position. It’s easy to remember the time and resources needed after making a bad hire, but also have to keep in mind those same resources are needed if a new employee leaves for a new position after a short time period.

Are you currently interviewing for new opportunities in your company? Meador Staffing Agencies in Pasadena TX can help you source and hire the right candidates.

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