Don’t judge a book by its cover – Giving a chance to over-qualified candidates
Since the recession it became a common dilemma that many applicants have vastly more experience than is required. Although in theory no-one should be dismissed for a role for being over-qualified, in reality, many candidates will not be considered because of subjective assumptions about why they are applying and how committed they will be.
According to the HR Director of a well-know recruitment company, dismissing these over-qualified candidates is not good business sense.
The current marketplace is extremely competitive and there is a pool of highly qualified workers – ranging from graduates to those who may have lost their jobs in recent years and used that as an opportunity re-evaluate their careers – available for positions and their experience can support your business’s talent program and their enthusiasm can generate greater value for your business.
Once they are through the door, there a few tips on how to approach the candidate:
- Honesty: acknowledging that they overqualified but giving them a chance to prove that they are the right person
- Motivation: what is behind their decision of applying for the position and
- Managing expectations: being clear about opportunities and future progression.
All in all, don’t judge a book by its cover!