By Diane Stafford
"I wasn't aware this company wanted to hire underqualified people."
Gotta love that snarky response.
It's what one long-term job hunter - sick of hearing that he was overqualified for a job - wished he'd said.
Of course, it's better to use discretion, no matter how many times one hears that culling comment from hirers.
Culling? You bet. Calling a candidate "overqualified" is a facile way to pare the candidate list.
It's also the easy way to avoid giving the real reason for rejection. Using the "overqualified" dodge may mean:
"We're looking for younger workers."
"You earned too much more in your last job to be happy with this pay."
"You wouldn't like working for a boss with less experience than you."
"You'd become bored and have a bad attitude."
"We think you'd leave as soon as you found something better."
Yep. "Overqualified" can be code for something presumptive, if not discriminatory.